Sensory Play Buying Guide

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Sensory play is beneficial for all kids. In daycare, preschool, school, or at home, having sensory activities for your children can…

  • Support cognitive development
  • Helps children develop their knowledge
  • Aid in development
  • Enhance memory
  • Encourage development of fine and gross motor skills
  • Encourage problem solving skills
  • Encourage exploration
  • Encourage creativity
  • Be calming
  • Support language development

When you’re new to providing sensory play activities it can be daunting to understand what products you may need to use or buy. Here are our top favorites!

Sensory Bin Toys

These Montessori sensory bin tools are perfect for any sensory bin. Whether you use beans, rice, water beads, these are wonderful to practice fine motor skills, such as pouring, scooping, and more.

Sensory Swing

Swings are wonderful to provide vestibular input to your children. These little pod swings are my favorite.

Sensory Bottles

Sensory bottles are a very calming toy.

Balance Stepping Stones

Balance stepping stones like these and many others you can find are great for gross motor skill practice. Your child will work on their balance, coordination, and proprioception.

Small Animal toys for Sensory Bins

In your sensory bins include small toys to find. These animals are a great option. You can also do letters, numbers, blocks, any small toy they have to find in your water table, sand box, or sensory box.


Play-doh is a great toy for building fine motor skills. It is calming and fosters creativity.

Inflatable Tummy Time Water Mat

This mat is a great, fun, way for your baby to do tummy time.

Kinetic Sand

Kinetic sand is a great sensory bin insert item. It is a great way to feel different textures, build creativity, and is very calming.

Water beads

Water beads are another great sensory bin item. It feels great and can be very calming.


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12 thoughts on “Sensory Play Buying Guide

  1. Such a great list! I always want my daughter to do sensory activities but never have the right stuff at home and forget to add it to the list!

  2. We love sensory activities here. Thanks so much for mentioning the water beads. I’ve not thought of using them. My granddaughter will love them!

  3. My kids were always fans of sensory play. They still will break out the kinetic sand for hours and just play.

  4. these are definitely wonderful.. I know playing with something simlar to kinetic sand or play doh helps calm me when I feel stressed

  5. My daughter really likes sensory bins. To make it more Montessori, I like to put in just one filler and a bunch of scoops, spoons, bowls, and cups. This way, she’s not sensorily overwhelmed by different fillers all in the same bin. I love the wooden sensory tools you recommend!

  6. These are great! My daughter loved play-doh. She loved wrapping her plastic dinosaurs in playdoh and pretending they were in eggs and hatching them. We had some sensory bottles, but they never kept her attention.

  7. Definitely some great ideas on this list. We have and use many of them already and my son is just 18 months old! I have plans to buy some kinetic sand soon too!

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