Fun Sensory Activities for Kids

  • 01 of 07

    Sensory Activities for Kids

    Child playing with play-doh
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    Every child has different preferences when it comes to sensory activities. Many children enjoy tactile sensory experiences as they play with toys and activities like Playdoh and Kinetic Sand. Spending time squeezing and building with these soft, squishy, tacky, textures can actually help kids improve their attention span. Some textures help children learn to calm down when they are overwhelmed. Sensory activities can also help children use their imagination when they play creatively, especially...MORE for kids who do not like to play by the rules.

    These are some of the best sensory activities for kids.  


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  • 02 of 07

    Kinetic Sand

    Kinetic Sand
    Keri Wilmot

    Kinetic Sand is absolutely one of the most amazing sensory activities for kids. This magical sand is soft, pliable, and moldable. Kinetic sand is not sticky and easy to clean up. Gather all of those sand molds that do not work at the beach or the backyard sand box, because Kinetic Sand is able to assume the shape of any container, even preserving those fine details.

    Have to leave the house quickly and forget to place it in a container with a lid? There is no need to worry, Kinetic Sand never...MORE dries out. It can be purchased in a many different of colors, with varieties that include lots of glitter. 

    Kinetic Sand is available on Amazon.

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  • 03 of 07

    Bunch 'Ems

    Bunchems Toys
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    These prickly little miniature balls can be attached together to form animals and other creations. Follow the instructions, or do not follow the rules at all. Just makes sure not to get Bunch'ems caught in anyone's hair or they will be very difficult to remove. Some kits even include using the items to design around a motor. The creation will vibrate and move when finished. 

    Bunch 'ems are available on Amazon.

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    Keri Wilmot

    A list of the best sensory activities for kids could never be complete without Play-Doh. Since the 1950's kids have been pinching, pulling and extruding this texture using their fingertips and molds. Younger children might be happier to squeeze, pound, twist and pull Play-Doh in their fingertips. For older kids looking for more specific play, there are many Play-doh sets that include Disney Princesses, My Little Pony, Transformers and Star Wars characters. Sets now frequently include a few...MORE containers of Play-Doh Plus, a newer compound that makes extruding and decorating much easier.

    Playdoh toys and sets are available on Amazon.

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  • 05 of 07


    Play Doh Doh Vinci Styler and Deco Pop Tubes
    Keri Wilmot

    Doh-Vinci is the next step for kids who love sensory activities and decorating, but are aging out of traditional Play-Doh sets. Doh-Vinci includes a variety of Deco-Pop tubes that are used in conjunction with an extruder, which looks similar to a glue gun. Kids place the container in the styler, then squeeze out the substance, in which they can decorate items for their room or gifts for family members such as picture frames. Additional decorative tips, much like you might see when decorating...MORE cupcakes, can be added to the end of the Deco-Pop container for more creative control. However, clean up any leftovers because if it is left out overnight, Doh-Vinci will dry out. Unlike other sensory textures it will leave behind a unique and priceless long-term memento.

    Doh Vinci is available on Amazon.

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    Sands Alive

    Sands Alive
    Keri Wilmot

    Sands Alive, another great sensory activity for kids, has similar properties of Kinetic Sand in that it is a moldable, pliable texture that will not dry out. The manufacturer states that It is made of hypoallergenic properties which include mineral oil. Many children adore this texture as well, but it can leave slightly more reside on a child's hands. The texture to me is more reminiscent of an airy, gritty cloud-like texture, and can leave slightly more residue on a child's hands when...MORE playing. 

    Sands Alive is available on Amazon.

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  • 07 of 07

    Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty

    Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty
    Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty

    Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty is a great sensory activity for both kids and adults as a fun fidget toy and arrives in a durable shiny tin for storage. Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty is tacky, gooey and can be purchased in a variety of colors. Many variations include glitter and some even have color-changing properties, the more it’s manipulated, it will turn from one color to another. Make sure it is stored properly in a container when not in use.

    Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty is available on...MORE Amazon.