10 Simple Sensory Activities for Toddlers and Babies

Dec 10 , 2020

Doan Khanh

10 Simple Sensory Activities for Toddlers and Babies

Like a lot of new moms, you might be looking for some creative ideas for activities to do with your child at home. Although anything you do with your kid at this stage are educational, just reading books or playing with toys can be quite boring after a while. Also, you can find sensory ideas all over the internet. Yes, there are some amazing sensory play ideas online, but many of them require either a lot of space or a lot of supplies. So, here are 10 simple sensory activities for toddlers and babies that you may like.

Rainbow Foam

Sensory activities for toddlers and babies

What you're going to need for this activity are a blender bubble bath and some food coloring. Also, you would need a tray to put all the foam in. Start blending this mixture with a 2 to 1 ratio of water and tear-free soap. And then, add a few drops of food coloring or liquid watercolor to the mixture. Blend on high or use a hand mixer until everything becomes thick and not watery. You and your toddler could do whatever you two want with it. It can just be playing with foam when they’re younger. Or, if your child is a little bit older, it can make it more fun by hiding toys in the rainbow foam. In our case, we decided to add some small sea creature toys so our baby had to reach into the bubbles and find all. And then, they would wash them off in a separate bowl.

Pom-Pom Race

Sensory activities for toddlers and babies

Use some color tape to really identify the finish line on a table. Next, you're going to need a few straws and pom-pom. Let your toddler practice to use a straw to blow the pom-pom towards the finish line. When they’re ready, join them and let the race begin! Believe it or not, the simple activities such as getting your child to learn how to blow through a straw can be great for developing language so much. Because it helps to strengthen the tongue for sounds produced in the back of their mouth.

No Mess Painting

This one is not only great for tummy time but also supports fine motor skills that your baby will be using their hands and fingers to move the paint around. So, you just need a piece of paper cut into a size that fits your ziplock bag. And then, write your child's name on it, if you're going to keep it their first artwork! All you need to do is put the paper and some paints into the ziplock bag, any color will do. Remember to reinforce it with some duct tape. Put it on the floor with your baby and let them squish it with their hands or feet.

Egg Hunts

This is kind of an Easter inspired activity. Of course, you will need some kind of egg toys. My suggestion is Kidzlane learning egg sets because they are great for baby’s developments such as hand-eye coordination and number matching. Also, egg hunts are a very simple activity and not messy at all. Starting by putting easter grass in a small bin. Next, break the egg toys, hide it in the grass, and let the hunt begin! Your baby will have an amazing time finding those eggs with different colors and try to put them together.

Sensory Bottles

Sensory activities for toddlers and babies

When it comes to boosting sensory times, a glitter bottle is one of the most simple and also effective for developing your baby's visual tracking. Also, you can see a lot of funny reactions while your kid’s playing with it. On top of that, you can see a lot of fancy ways to make sensory bottles online. But, just water and glitter is all you need. shake it about and your baby will be absolutely enthralled.

Flour Drawing

To start, mix a cup of flour with two cups of warm water. You can add a few drops of food coloring if you'd like. And then, transferring it to a ziplock bag, put the Ziploc in a cup to fill it up makes it so much easier. Make sure your mixture can be spread easily. Next, reinforce the bag with duct tape and it’s ready! Let your toddler use it as a mini-board to write or draw.

Letter Library

With this activity, you will need a small cardboard box, popsicle sticks, and some colorful paper. First, cut the paper to a smaller size and with each one write a letter on it. Next, stick it to the popsicle sticks with glue or tape. Finally, cut a few holes on the cardboard box so you can put the stick in. Remember to name each hole with a letter so your kid will know where the letters go. A letter library is a simple game that helps your kid learn the alphabet and have fun at the same time.

Big and Small

Learning the definition of big and small can be tricky for some toddlers. So, this game is created to help them learn that simple knowledge in the funniest way it can. Prepare a big paper (A3 or A2), then you separate it into 2 columns. After that, bring your kid’s toy box over and start to classify which toy is big and small with your child. The goal of this activity is to encourage your toddler to learn the difference between big and small. Make sure you explain everything thoroughly every time they play.


Water and ice are great for sensory play with kids as it engages children into a world of exploration and wonder. To make normal water play experience a little more fun, we turned boring ice blocks into boats with just a few simple materials. You will need some food coloring, straws, and craft foam for the sail, as it is waterproof and light. However, feel free to choose other materials, but keep in mind that it needs to be light and well balanced. Make sure to add the straw sails to your kid’s boat when they are partially frozen. 

Put the boat in the sink or kid’s pool and watch in amazement as the ice-boats slowly melt and mix its color with the water. This activity is not only great for sensory skills but it also encourages countless knowledge about the science of floating and sinking to your toddler.

Water Table

You might have seen some parents make beautiful DIY water tables or backyard water play in the suburbs where they have tons of space. But, this idea doesn't need to be that complicated. You can basically turn your baby’s highchair into a water table with ease. Remember to put down a bunch of towels on the floor because this one's going to get messy! Pour a little bit of water on the dray of a high chair and that’s it. To make it more fun, you can have a couple bottle caps or things that float in the water, so your baby can play around. In the first few times, mostly your baby just wants to splash the water as much as they can. But, you’ll see how fun your child is and this is probably one of the most fun things you two ever done together.

No matter what activities you choose, it's really important to get down at your child’s level and help them explore. While the sensory play does not have to be set up and managed with fancy materials, it can be fun and educational for your child. We hope you've got some good ideas to have amazing playtime with your kids. And, we would love to hear your sensory activity ideas too. So, feel free to share it with other moms in the comments!