Sensory play for 1 year olds includes items that are large enough not to pose a choking hazard, or that are taste-safe.
While sensory play for toddlers does need a bit more attention, there are many options for play so that babies and 1 year olds can reap the benefits of sensory play too.
Activities for Sensory Play for 1 Year Olds
Many of these activities are quite fun for babies and 1 year olds, but the fun doesn’t need to stop there! Older kids will quite enjoy these activities as well.
Sensory bottles are empty containers that encapsulate materials meant to stimulate the senses with movement. They are great for 1 year olds as they are safe and mess-free.
Nebula Calm Down Jar // Views From a Step Stool
Rainbow Sensory Bottle and Music Shaker // Kids Craft Room
Farm Discovery Bottle // Little Worlds
Water Bead Sensory Bottles // Living Montessori Now
Spring Flower Sensory Bottle // Kids Craft Room
Sensory bags, similar to sensory bottles, contain the materials within a bag. Again, this makes it one of our safe and mess-free sensory activities for 1 year olds that kids of all ages can enjoy.
5 Easy Sensory Bags with Food // The Best Ideas for Kids
Mess-Free Snowflake Sensory Bag // Crafts on Sea
Color Mixing Sensory Bags // Views From a Step Stool
Googly Eye Sensory Bag // Clare’s Little Tots
Easy Nature Sensory Bags // Kiddy Charts
These sensory bins for 1 year olds contain large materials that do not pose chocking hazards for little ones, like many other sensory materials and bins can.
Ocean Beach Party Sensory Bin // Mommy’s Bundle
Digging for Dinosaurs Sensory Bin // Mommy Evolution
Edible Garden Sensory Bin // Views From a Step Stool
Flour Bin: An Easy Toddler Activity // Busy Toddler
Let the Ice Melt Sensory Bin // Mommy Evolution
Edible Sensory Play
Edible sensory play is a really fun way for babies and 1 year olds to engage in this kind of fun, hands-on learning. Exploring through taste is a wonderful way to learn! Just because this is taste-safe, doesn’t mean the ingredients are necessarily tasty or encouraged to eat, but it makes sensory play much safer for this age group.
How to Make Oobleck and Why It’s Educational // Sensory Play for Kids
How to Make Edible Finger Paint // Red Ted Art
Taste-Safe Ice Painting // Messy Little Monster
Taste-Safe Tractor Mud Play // Uno Zwei Tutu
Calming Lavender Oobleck Recipe // Sensory Play for Kids
Solid or Liquid Jello Sensory Play // Go Science Girls
Edible Water Bead Sensory Play // Views From a Step Stool
Have so much fun with activities for doing sensory play for 1 year olds. Find a fun sensory bag, bottle, or bin or something edible to squish and get playing!