Babies love to play, and even more so when they can touch different textures with their little hands. Babies learn about about themselves and the world around them through hands-on activities. That’s why sensory play activities are not only fun for babies but also an important part of their development.
Sensory play has many great benefits and it is essential for children’s brain development as well as gross and fine motor skills. If you want to learn more about what is sensory play and the benefits of sensory play, click here.
It is great for babies to explore, but the problem is that they also like to put everything in their mouth, and some things are just not safe for them. That’s why when it comes to baby sensory play you want to make sure the activity is safe: taste-safe and not a choking hazard.
Now that I have 2 kids my youngest really wants to be a part of it all so I’ve had to create some baby-safe activities that she can do on her own. The best part is that these activities are so fun even my 3 year old plays with them. Seeing them play together is so fun and it also means I get to sit down for a few minutes. 🙂
Most of these activities are taste safe, so while they are not things I would normally feed my kids, I don’t have to worry if they eat them while we’re playing. Some are not edible but big enough that they don’t pose a choking hazzard to the little ones. Either way, all these sensory play ideas should be done under adult supervision and with babies that can sit up.
Keep in mind that most of these activities use food dyes to make things fun for the little ones. If you’re going to try a recipe that requires a dye it is best to stick to natural food dyes (we use Supernatural).
I’m going to share with you my favorite sensory play activities and I hope you kids love them as much as mine.
Update 2019: my kids are now 3 and 6 and we still play with a lot of these same activities! So they are entertaining for a wide range of ages.
Baby-Safe Sensory Play activities
To see the instructions for each sensory play activity click on the name of the activity below each image.
Halloween Sensory Activity with Spaghetti and Creepy Creatures– this is Halloween themed but you can recreate this activity with any theme
There you have it- some pretty amazing baby-safe sensory play ideas. As you can see there are many ways to make sensory activities so if get creative and use things you already have around your home.
I hope your little one enjoys these activities as much as my girls!
Is there a sensory play activity your baby loves that is not listed here? Share it in the comments!
Related: Looking for sensory play activities for older children? Try these!