Sensory play is a great aspect to add to your list of fun educational activities. As homeschool parents, we’re sort of known for thinking outside the box and using anything and everything as a learning experience. Not only does sensory play introduce activities to your child that engage the use of their senses, but it also helps in having your child learn to use their imagination and creativity.
The fun of sensory toys is evident; many of them are brightly colored, with fun patterns and unique textures. The best part is that sensory play is fun for children of all ages because they find them interesting, unique and sometimes, quite calming.
If you find that you are wanting to increase the use of sensory toys in your home, there are some great options out there to introduce to your child. To help get you started, here are a few suggestions for fun sensory toys that your child may love!
If you have a need to add 20,000 (yes, I said 20,000!) water beads to your child’s toy collection, this is the one for you. Not only are these amazing for sensory play, they also add extra learning opportunities as well such as color grouping or counting options. I would recommend these for older children as they are small in size and could be a potential hazard if put in the mouth. Overall, they are a great toy to use over and over again.
Not only does this toy work on hand-eye coordination, it also produces relaxing rainfall sounds while your child is playing with it. It helps create a calming atmosphere while engaging several of your child’s senses. Talk about a multi-function toy!
A great toy option for tactile stimulation! Your little one will have so much fun pulling, twisting and wrapping these strings for hours on end. Depending on how far they can stretch them, they have the potential to be expanded to up to 8 feet in length! This is a challenge even an adult may need to try!
Looking for a toy that you can take with you and your kiddo in the car? This busy board may be the one that you are looking for. Tons of different activities to keep them engaged while working on those fine motor skills as well. Easy to pack along for those summer road trips that may be coming up soon!
Fill one side with sand, the other side with water and let your little one explore the feelings of the different textures. This is a great indoor/outdoor sensory toy that multiple kids can both enjoy together! It may be messy, but it will be fun!
This ball has a unique texture that children can enjoy which also makes it easy for them to hold/catch. Plus, who doesn’t love a great ball? This sensory ball is a great option for children of all ages and a purchase that you won’t regret.
This toy is truly a timeless classic. Each side has something different on it to keep your child active and engaged. It’s a great educational toy to enhance your child’s learning while also working on their fine motor skills.
Sand, that sparkles?! And is also non-messy? Yes, please! Your child will love playing, molding, building and thinking creatively with this sand. This sand is so soft that even I want to play in it when we pull it out! I sort of wish the beach felt this way.
Not only are these balls appealing to the eyes, they also can help with reducing the feelings of stress or anxiety in your little one. Stress is a normal feeling that even children can suffer from, this type of sensory toy can definitely help. Plus, they are easy to be packed and taken anywhere.
What an awesome toy for a baby to have! From its vibrant colors to the crinkle noises to engage their listening skills, this fun sensory toy encourages small children to reach out and work on their hand-eye coordination when trying to pick it up to play with.