Sensory Play Items, A Complete List

A Complete List Of Sensory Play Items

This list of sensory play items is long, and may be difficult to store in a normal home. Pick a few to start with and go from there, you do not have to have all these items. Start Small and try something new once a month.

Food Items:

Black, white, pinto beans

lentils

Rice

popcorn

pasta/macaroni

flour, cornmeal, salt,cornstarch

oatmeal, quinoa

cereals, cheerios, corn flakes

pumpkin guts

nuts (all varieties)

jello, pudding

potato flakes

Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame)

Non-Food Items

Water Beads

rocks

sea shells

soap foam

play dough

soil

sticks

slime

sand

kinetic sand

snow

raffia

ribbon

marbles

beads

buttons

leaves

Legos

hair gel

ice

hay

puzzle pieces

grass

goop

gems

Easter grass

confetti

egg shells

fish pebbles

feathers

fabric

foam

shaving cream

candy

corks

flower petals

cloud dough

cotton balls

bird seed

bubbles

loom bands

pom poms

moon sand

Buyable Items

Lake Shore beads, balls and noodles (link)

shapes, letters and numbers (link)

Speedy Snow (link)

Extra Items to Support play

Measuring cups, spoons, funnels, droppers, rolling pins, play dough tools, magnifying glass, tweezers and grabbers. Sifters, ice trays, lids, caps and cups for sorting.

Tips For Starting With the Sensory table/bin

You have to teach them how to use the sensory bin. We keep all items in the bin at all times. There is no dumping EVER! Give one warning and then take it away if they do not follow directions.

Start with something that is not messy. Black beans and spiders for example. Show them how to play and let them discover while reminding them the rules. “we keep the beans in the bin” or “beans stay in the bin”.

Teach them that we do not eat the sensory bin items EVER! They have icky germs and are not good to eat.

Have fun and let me know what works for you!

 

 

 

 

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