Check out some of our favorite sensory activities for preschoolers!
There is no faster way to get a preschooler’s attention than with an awesome sensory play activity. Preschoolers love to explore using their senses and by this age, they have the vocabulary and cognitive skills to make some real connections about the world around them as they engage in sensory play.
They can categorize things based on how they feel or how they sound. They can describe movement experiences as they learn about how their bodies move in space. They can recognize and relate to familiar tastes and smells.
Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite sensory activities for preschoolers – try one today and let us know how it goes!
Sensory Activities for Preschoolers
1 || Sensory Bottles
Sensory bottles can be used in a million different ways – for learning, for exploration, for calming sensory play, and more. You can make your own sensory bottles with store bought materials (Lemon Lime Adventures) – kids can mix and match the supplies to create their own sensory bottle masterpieces!
We also love how these Rainbow Sensory Bottles (My Little 3 and Me) offer opportunities for auditory and movement play in addition to visual exploration!
3 || Sensory Guessing Game
Preschoolers love to explore sensory items – describing them, comparing them, and categorizing them. This Sensory Balloon Game (Momtastic) is the perfect way to get kids engaged and interested.
4 || Bedtime Sensory Play
Why not work some sensory play into the bedtime routine? Try these fun flashlight play ideas or learn about the ways that different animals fall asleep – and try them out for yourself!
5 || Kids in the Kitchen!
Cooking with kids is pretty much the best sensory experience we can think of – the smells, the messy hands, the heavy work of stirring and kneading, and…the tasting! Kids this age are capable of taking on more complex cooking tasks. Try one of these fun food preparation activities for preschoolers.
6 || Multisensory Fun
Preschoolers are developing the language and cognitive skills necessary to differentiate between their senses and different types of sensory input. They know that you can smell an apple pie baking in the oven and that you can hear the wind chimes that are hanging in the tree. This activity allows kids to explore all of their senses in an interesting, hands-on way and there’s even a free printable (Playful Learning)!
7 || Make Some Music!
Kids in this age group are all too familiar with making noise, aren’t they? They’ll love making their own musical shakers with this fun sensory bin (Fun-A-Day).
8 || Movers and Shakers
If you have a kiddo who’s a mover and a shaker, you’ll want to work lots of vestibular and proprioceptive into your daily routine. Try these sensory activities for kids who like to climb and jump!
9 || Time for Some Slime!
Have you ever made slime before? Trust us, this is a must-try sensory activity that you’ll love as much as your preschooler does! Check out this Ultimate Guide to Slimes (Fun at Home With Kids) for some great recipes!
10 || Take a Whiff
Exploring the sense of smell with kids in this age group is so much fun because they’re aware of familiar smells from their everyday lives and routines and they usually have very distinct preferences and dislikes when it comes to smells. Try these fun ideas for exploring the sense of smell with preschoolers!
What are your favorite sensory play activities for preschoolers? Share them in the comments below!
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