Sensory play is usually an invitation for babies, toddlers or preschoolers to utilise one of their non-dominant senses in open-ended way. Kids can feel, touch, smell, examine and describe. This sort of play is non-competitive and has no end goal in mind beyond the experience itself, making it ideal for situations where you have kids of different ages or abilities, or kids with sensory processing needs. Since there is no ‘correct way’ to play, it is also great no-pressure play for kids (like my eldest) who set too high expectations for themselves.
Here are some of the sensory play activities that we’ve explored here on Danya Banya, including lots of play dough, sensory bins and messy play.
Sensory Play Activities for Kids
I’ve also got many more ideas pinned to my Messy & Sensory Play Pinterest Board: