One of my favorite ways to play with my kiddos is through sensory play. There are so many opportunities to learn through this type of play and it also gets me out of my comfort zone a little bit (prepare to get messy!).
Grab some cans of shaving cream at the dollar store and fill a container up. Bury your hands in and wiggle those fingers!
Don’t you just want to touch this one?! I pour rice in a Ziploc, add some rubbing alcohol and food coloring, and mix it all up. I pour it out to dry on wax paper and it’s always ready to play a few hours later! Read more here about how to color rice.
Cotton Balls and Fabric
If rice is a little messy, try filling a container with cotton balls, different textiles, or pompoms!
The kids LOVE this one and it’s FREE! I filled a plastic drawer with crushed ice and added measuring cups and pompoms. It’s perfect for chilly, creative fun!
G (22 months) loves when I tape construction paper to his highchair tray and squirt paint on it. As much as he loves to paint with his fingers, he also loves when I give him new tools, such as toothbrushes, corks, and Q-tips.
I make a huge batch of homemade playdough and provide a bowl of fun, found objects. They love to push googly eyes, pebbles, and pipe cleaners through!