15 Messy Edible Sensory Play Ideas for Baby & Toddlers

Sensory stimulation is of course great for babies and toddlers. Sensory play with bins filled with different messy and edible touch mediums are a great way to have fun and promote exploration. It also promotes touch processing & modulation (reactivity to touch), visual processing & modulation, somatosensory processing (perceive and discriminate where the touch is on different body parts), desensitise, sustained attention skills, learn about different shapes, textures (soft / rough).

Sensory Bin Ideas: 

  1. Apple sauce
  2. Jell-o
  3. Cake mix
  4. Whipped cream 
  5. Pasta
  6. Cooked Spaghetti 
  7. Oatmeal
  8. Rice
  9. Beans 
  10. Water
  11. Pumpkin seeds
  12. Cornstarch + water
  13. Flour
  14. Coconut oil
  15. Ice

Sensory Bin Activities: 

  • Hide objects like dinosaurs, puzzles pieces
  • Cars and trucks 
  • Cups/ scoops/ funnels 
  • Get the whole body involved - hands, feet, arms, legs 
  • Tongs
  • Ladle 
  • Buckets
  • Paint brushes
  • Letters and numbers
  • Farm animals 

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