Have you tried sensory activities with your kids? Sensory play is awesome for young kids and has so many benefits that you can read about in our sensory play ideas guide.  Here you will find a list of our favorite homemade sensory recipes.  Super easy and quick to make, most play recipes have only a few ingredients you will find at home.  Let’s get started!

EASY SENSORY RECIPES FOR HOMEMADE SENSORY FUN!

Sensory play recipes for easy tactile sensory play! Make sensory doughs, sensory slimes, oobleck, colored rice, and more with simple to use sensory recipes perfect for early learning and early childhood development. Sensory play ideas work for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary age kids. Some sensory play activities are also simple science activities!

The BEST Sensory Play Recipes

 When you want to keep the kids away from the television and engaged with hands-on play, open up your kitchen cupboard! Here’s a list of sensory recipes, that nicely complements our favorite sensory bin fillers.

We have had a blast with sensory play for preschoolers.  Everyone should try and incorporate sensory activities into their daily plan.  Just a few of the benefits include tactile sensory processing, fine motor development, social skills development, and early cognitive learning.

You can even pair your favorite books with our sensory play ideas. Take a look through your kid’s favorite story and see how you can add a tactile element to it.

 

Simple sensory play makes awesome anytime activities! With a few {mostly kitchen} ingredients, you may already have on hand everything you need to get started. I like to keep a stocked pantry for quick sensory projects anytime.  These sensory recipes have proven to be real winners in our house and are asked for time and time again! 

ALSO CHECK OUT: 10 Things To Include In A Calm Down Kit

It’s always important to keep in mind the age of the kids you are preparing sensory activities for! You need to take into account whether or not your kids are still in the taste-testing phase. Many of the recipes are not taste safe, but some are! See below.

15 Sensory Recipes You’ll Love!

Most of these homemade recipes use only two or three common household ingredients! Click on the links below to go straight to the full recipe.

CLOUD DOUGH RECIPE

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SAND DOUGH RECIPE

So easy and fun to make, this sensory recipe is very similar to our cloud dough recipe.  Sand dough uses just three simple ingredients, and has a cool new texture. It also makes a great sensory bin filler too!

OOBLECK RECIPE

Have fun with this quick and easy sensory recipe.  Great for both young and older kids, with just 2 ingredients!  Oobleck is a must try sensory activity.

FUN VARIATIONS OF OOBLECK

OUR FAVORITE SLIME RECIPE 

Slime is one of our top sensory activities of all time!  We have many homemade slime recipes to check out ranging from the traditional borax or liquid starch slime to taste safe/borax free recipes. Learn everything you need to know about making the best slime out there!

MORE SLIME RECIPES

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EDIBLE SLIME

Taste safe, borax-free, and somewhat edible (not snack-able) slime recipe ideas are a great resource for kids who love to make homemade slime!

Edible slime is non-toxic and chemical free. However, is it a slimy snack for your kids to chow down on? NO. Although everything is labeled edible, I like to think of these slime recipes as TASTE-SAFE.

If your kids taste it, they will be safe. With that said, some of these recipes will be tastier than others anyway. Some kiddos will naturally want to taste slime and some won’t. Always keep the needs of your kids in mind when making slime!

SOME OF OUR FAVORITE EDIBLE SLIME RECIPES

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IVORY SOAP SLIME

IVORY SOAP FOAM

PLAYDOUGH RECIPES

Playdough is heaps of fun for young kids to play with. Simple and easy to make, and inexpensive is a plus too!  Our homemade playdough recipes are easy to customize to suit your kids’ interests, seasonal themes, or holidays!

FAVORITE PLAYDOUGH RECIPES:

Looking for cool things to do with playdough? Check out our list of Playdough Activities.

CORNSTARCH DOUGH RECIPE

This sensory dough has some cool movement to it.  It is almost like slime but made from common kitchen ingredients.

Cornstarch Dough for Sensory Play

SENSORY BIN FILLERS

Super quick and easy recipes for making a variety of fun colored sensory bin fillers.  Check out…

1 recipe for coloring sensory play materials colored rice 1 recipe for coloring sensory play materials colored pasta 1 recipe for coloring sensory play materials colored epsom salts

KINETIC SAND

Kinetic sand is a really neat sensory play material because it has a bit of movement to it. It’s still moldable, shapeable and squishable!  Find out how to make your own kinetic sand at home with our kinetic sand recipe.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Colored Kinetic Sand

 

SAND FOAM RECIPE

There’s nothing better than quick and easy sand foam sensory play ! My favorite sensory activities are ones I can create with what I already have in the house. This super simple sensory recipe only uses two easy ingredients, shaving cream and sand!

sand foam 2 ingredient sensory play

 MOON SAND

Simple classic recipe with 3 easy ingredients!

Moon Sand Sensory Recipe Space Sensory Play

GLITTER BOTTLES

Our glitter bottles are easy to make with a few simple ingredients. They also makes a great calm down jars!

Rainbow glitter bottles calm down sensory bottle tool for kids Inexpensive to make idea.

   WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SENSORY RECIPE?

 SIMPLE HOMEMADE SENSORY RECIPES KIDS WILL LOVE!

Click on the image below or on the link for more sensory activities for kids.

Amazing sensory activities for kids.

 

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7 Comments

  1. I think I fixed the problem! Thank you for letting me know that it wan’t clear enough.

  2. I am curious. how do you help a child with sensory issues with touching anything slimey or sticky? my 3 yr old grandson simply refuses to even touch any of the above items.

  3. Really all you can do is offer it but never force it. You may need to try other types of sensory materials first like sensory bins, play dough etc. You could also try putting the slime in a clear plastic gallong bag, secure it tightly, and let them squish it through the bag!

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