DIY Sensory Play Ideas

Sensory play is a vital part of a child’s development, engaging their senses and stimulating their brains. Here at Dulili Learning Haven, we know the importance of fostering curiosity and exploration. But who says sensory fun has to be expensive? Let’s dive into the world of DIY sensory toys you can create at home with everyday materials!

A World of Textures: Crafting Sensory Delights

  • Calming Calico Bag: Fill a fabric bag (like an old sock) with rice, beans, or lentils. Add calming scents like lavender for a soothing sensory experience.
  • Sparkling Discovery Bottle: Fill a clear plastic bottle with water, glitter, and small plastic toys. Secure the lid and let your child mesmerised by the sparkly world inside.
  • Fizzy Fun: Combine baking soda and vinegar in a small container (with adult supervision!). Watch the fizzing eruption – a delightful science experiment for curious minds.

Sounds and Smells: Engaging All the Senses

  • Shake and Listen: Decorate empty containers (like baby food jars) with different materials – rice, pasta, buttons. These homemade shakers create a symphony of sounds for little ears.
  • Scented Playdough: Whip up a simple playdough recipe and add essential oils like lavender or lemon for a calming or invigorating sensory experience.

Seeing and Touching: A feast for the Eyes and Fingers

  • Textured Collage: Let your child explore different textures with a collage! Use materials like felt, sandpaper, bubble wrap, and fabric scraps to create a tactile masterpiece.
  • Colourful Sensory Bin: Fill a bin with uncooked rice, pasta, or beans. Add colourful objects, cups, spoons, and scoops for endless scooping, pouring, and sorting fun!


  • Always supervise young children during sensory play.
  • Use age-appropriate materials and adapt activities for different developmental stages.
  • Get creative! These are just a few ideas to get you started. There are endless possibilities for DIY sensory play.

The Joy of Exploration at Home and at Dulili Learning Haven

Sensory play at home is a fantastic way to bond with your child and nurture their development. Here at Dulili Learning Haven, we incorporate sensory play activities into our curriculum, providing a stimulating environment for curious minds. So, grab some household items, unleash your creativity, and get ready for a world of sensory fun!


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