As pediatric therapists, we’re huge suckers for sensory play because we know how important it is for healthy childhood development.
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Whether they’re moving, listening, touching, smelling – or doing all of these at the same time – kids learn and grow best when they have lots of opportunities to interact with their surroundings using their sensory systems.
Two and three-year-olds are developing at an incredible rate – they’re talking, walking (…or usually running!), and exploring all day every day. Kids this age can’t get enough sensory play – check out these fun and simple ways to encourage sensory development in your little one!
Sensory Activities for 2 and 3-Year-Olds
2 || Make a big old mess! Crafts that let kids paint with their fingers or activities where they can squish their hands around in some shaving cream are the perfect way to explore using the tactile system.
3 || Tactile bins Get out a big Tupperware container and get inspired with one of these awesome sensory bin filler ideas from Little Bins for Little Hands and a whole list of other creative bloggers!
4 || Get on a swing! Playing on a swing is the perfect vestibular activity for kids. Try one of our creative ideas for moving on a swing! And don’t forget about the rest of the swingset! There are so many great ways for kids to explore movement on slides, ladders, and monkey bars!
5 || You’re on a roll! Another fun way for young kids to experience movement? Rolling! Check out these fun rolling games for kids from Moving Smart!
6 || Looking for even more fun with movement? Try making your own roller coaster! Being a roller coaster rider is another awesome vestibular experience, while being the roller coaster driver is the perfect proprioceptive activity!
7 || How about some stomping? There’s nothing more fun than making noise with your feet! How about stomping to create a work of art? The Imagination Tree puts those stomping 2 and 3-year-old feet to work to create a beautiful masterpiece!
8 || Time for a bath! Water play is another awesome sensory experience for kids and there’s no better (or easier) place for it than in the tub!
10 || Want to get the whole body involved? This printable Sensory Motor Scavenger Hunt will cover all of your bases, from movement to touch to listening and more!
What are your favorite sensory play activities? We’d love to see them and hear about them! Comment below or share with us on our Facebook page!
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