Children of all ages can enjoy sensory play! Sensory activities can be easily adapted to be appropriate to a child’s age. Babies naturally long to explore the world around them through sensory experiences. Start with sensory bottles, high contrast board books and water play.
Toddlers love learning the basics of scooping and pouring. Dry oats, water and greek yogurt finger paint are all great options for this age.
3-7 is a prime age for pretend play or small world play, incorporating sensory pieces like kinetic sand, water beads, or dry food into that play can provide the right sensory input for curious little ones who love exploring new textures as well as provide a positive association to certain textures for children with sensory sensitivities.
Older children can also learn about the scientific method (Make an observation, hypothesize, test hypothesis, draw conclusions) through sensory activities.