Sensory play ideas for babies and toddlers

Sensory play allows babies and toddlers to explore the world around them, and there are lots of ways you can create fabulous stimulating sensory play for very little effort or cost. Here are some ideas.




Squishy bags

Squishy bags offer a wonderful sensory experience for children. Add paint to a sandwich bag and make sure it’s sealed properly, then let your child use their hands to blend and squish the different coloured paints together. You can also add all kinds of other items to a bag for different experiences – like jelly, foam, rice or water.

Coloured spaghetti worms

Cook and cool some pasta, separate into different bowls and mix in food colouring to make them different colours. Pop them into a see-through container or a bowl and let your children explore with their hands – you can hide items inside the spaghetti that they can find.

Melting ice

Make ice cubes of different colours using food colouring, when they are frozen let your child explore the feeling of them and watch as they melt and the colours mix together. Another good sensory play idea with ice is to freeze small toys in the ice and they’ll love watching them melt and the toys becoming free.


You can’t go wrong with bubbles – children of all ages love them. Babies will love to watch them float around and try and grab at them with their hands and older toddlers enjoy chasing them around trying to pop them.