Do you want to create a fantastic sensory experience for your toddler? Today we are sharing our favorite sensory activities for 1 year olds! Your little one will have a great time while stimulating their fine motor skills and gross motor skills. All it takes is a little bit of imagination and some simple supplies.
32 Sensory Play Ideas That Are So Much Fun For Little Hands
Sensory bottles are a great way to enhance young children’s cognitive development and hand-eye coordination… but it isn’t the only way! You can use so many different ways and different materials you can use to help your little one experience the world.
Materials like shaving cream, plastic eggs, pipe cleaners, and rubber bands are so easy to get and together can make a great activity to promote the sensory play.
Sensory development is essential for kids of all ages as it helps improve their social skills, brain development, problem solving, creativity, and language skills. That’s why we put together an article with different sensory play activities so your kid can really enjoy the benefits of sensory play.
Let’s get started!
1. Make a Sensory Mini Water Blob for Baby Play
Give baby a wonderful sensory experience with this mini water blob. It’s a mess-free sensory experience that all babies will love.
2. Easy DIY Ocean Sensory Bag You Can Make
Babies and toddlers will delight in the squishy ocean sensory bag that is filled with sea creatures.
3. Make a Seaside Inspired Ocean Themed Sensory Bin
This homemade sensory bin uses items that you likely already have at home and can help kids keep memories of a recent beach vacation.
4. Early Learning: Mystery Box
One fun way to get a little child to focus on their sense of touch for learning is through the use of a mystery box. The idea is to put an object in the box and your child has to try to guess what the object is using only their hands.
5. Dinosaur Dig Sensory Bin
Kids can pretend to be a scientist as they uncover the pieces of this dinosaur sensory bin, gently brushing away the dirt to uncover dinosaur and mammal bones.
6. Oh So Sweet Sensory Bin for the Babies
This sensory bin for babies is so simple – you literally only need a bunch of scrunchies with different textures and different colors for them to touch and play with.
7. Sensory Bins to Teach Night and Day
Create sensory bins to teach about day and night with cloud dough, flowers, coffee grounds, and glow in the dark stars. From Learn Play Imagine.
8. Bug Sensory Bin
This bug sensory bin is a great way for toddlers that love bugs to have fun and experience sense of touch. From The Best Ideas For Kids.
9. Ocean Beach Sensory Activity
This ocean beach sensory bin promotes sensory stimulation, learn through play and engages kids’ imagination. From Mommy’s Bundle.
10. Digging for Dinosaur Sensory Bin For Toddlers
This sensory box is very easy to put together and will have kids excited to dig out some dinosaur (toys)! From Mommy Evolution.
11. Taste Safe Ocean Sensory Bin
Set up a cute ocean world sensory play with lime jelly, food coloring, water, oats, chocolate play dough and shell pasta. From Rainy Day Mum.
12. Let The Ice Melt: A Spring Sensory Bin & Pouring Station
This sensory bin has it all: color recognition, sense of touch, and lots of fun! Get colored foam and food coloring – and let the fun begin. From Mommy Evolution.
13. Flour Bin: an easy toddler activity
Need a fun, easy toddler activity? Make a flour bin! It’s a little messy but so much fun and an easy way to occupy your toddler. From Busy Toddler.
14. Paw Patrol Sensory Tub
This Paw Patrol sensory tub will cost you pennies as yo uonly need a big box, Paw Patrol toys, cheerios, broccoli, and wooden slices. And of course, a toddlers willing to play! From Crafts On Sea.
15. Farm Harvest Sensory Bin
Try this inventive Harvest Sensory Bin to get kids exploring farming and connecting with the food they eat. From Mommy Evolution.
16. Mess Free Snowflake Sensory Bag
You can put this simple activity together in around two minutes and adapt it for different ages and different seasons. From Crafts on Sea.
17. Color Mixing Sensory Bags For Toddlers and Preschoolers
Learning color mixing theory is fun with sensory bags. From Views From a Stepstool.
18. My First Sensory Bags: Clean and Safe Sensory Play for Baby
These sensory bags are completely safe for little kids but still make for a fun and sensory learning activity for your baby. From Life with Moore Babies.
19. Easy Nature Sensory Bags
These nature sensory bags from Kiddy Charts are a great sensory expeience, provide an opportunity to name the different objects, are mess-free and there’s no choking hazard risk.
20. Nebula Calm Down: Jar Sensory & Science
This nebula calm down jar is a perfect mix of calming sensory play and science, all wrapped up into a fun project! From Views from a Stepstool.
21. How to Create an Amazing Farm Discovery Bottle
Putting together this farm discovery bottle is so easy- fill an empty bottle with chickpeas, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, corn kernels, and farm animal toys. From Little Worlds Big Adventures.
22. Water-bead Sensory Bottles for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Follow this simple tutorial for making water-bead sensory bottles in a rainbow of colors. From Living Montessori Now.
23. Sensory Play – Rainbow Bottles Music Shakers
These rainbow sensory bottles are bright and cheerful and just perfect for babies and toddlers to explore and create music with. From Kids Craft Room.
24. Firework Sensory Bottle
Get some water bottles and fill them with sparkly objects for a fun sensory bottle. From Messy Little Monster.
25. Edible Playdough Recipe
This recipe to make edible playdough is fun, low sugar, and only needs three ingredients: instant milk powder, peanut butter, and honey. From Danya Banya.
26. Baby School: Valentine’s Sensory Bottles
Make cute Valentine’s sensory bottles for your little one with really simple supplies, like pom-poms, glitter, shiny paper, tissue paper, bells, etc. They are perfect for babies 6 months old and older. From Something 2 Offer.
27. Simple Entertainment: Sensory Bottles
To make this sensory bottle, simply take a clear plastic container, and add water and glitter. That’s it. From Mamas Smiles.
28. Spring Flower Sensory Bottle
Let’s make a magical sensory bottle filled with a mixture of real flowers, glitter and little butterfly and flower jewels. From Kids Craft Room.
29. Sensory Fort for Babies
This simple teepee fort has a lot of sensory activities and fairy lights that are so exciting and fun. From Messy Little Monster.
30. Arctic Small World Play
Make a small world that is intended to evoke imaginative play. Use the outside freezing temperatures to freeze a large block of ice. From Views from a Step Stool.
31. Smash Tuff Spot
Here are three activities for toddlers that can be quickly set up and require very simple supplies like wooden spoons, cornflakes, mixing bowls, and water. From Adventures and Play.
32. DIY Spring Toddler Activities That Your Child Will Love
Here are some ideas to make some fun spring toddler activities with things found in your home, like egg carton, pom poms, etc. From Natural Beach Living.
Still want more activities for toddlers? Check out these ideas from Kids Activities Blog:
What was your favorite sensory activity for 1 year olds?