Skip to main content Skip to header navigation

3 Sensory crafts for kids!

Sensory play is all about learning and having fun at the same time. Engage your child’s senses with these fun sensory craft ideas!

DIY rain stick in a bottle

Rain stick in a bottle - Sensory crafts

What you’ll need:

  • empty water bottle
  • dry spaghetti noodles
  • toothpicks
  • funnel
  • rice, quinoa or other small grains
  • glue

What you’ll do:

  1. Start by filling the empty water bottle with dry spaghetti noodles. If the noodles are too tall for the bottle, break them so that they will fit.
  2. Next, add toothpicks to the water bottle to fill in any open spaces between the spaghetti noodles.
  3. Place the funnel in the top of the bottle and add 1/2 cup of small dry grains to the bottle.
  4. Put some glue around the threading inside the bottle cap, then twist the cap on.
  5. Tilt the bottle back and forth to create the sound of rain as the grains move through the bottle.

Plastic bag painting

Plastic bag painting - Sensory crafts

What you’ll need:

  • gallon-size Ziploc bag
  • paint
  • clear packing tape

What you’ll do:

  1. Lay the Ziploc bag flat on the counter.
  2. Put a couple of tablespoons of paint in each corner on the inside of the bag, then seal the bag shut.
  3. Tape the bag along the top and bottom to the table top or to a window to keep it from shifting around.
  4. Let your child run their fingers over the bag to mix the colors together for mess-free finger painting fun!

Sandpaper sensory activity

Sand paper shapes - Sensory crafts

What you’ll need:

  • sandpaper
  • pen
  • old scissors
  • glue
  • cardstock or foam board

What you’ll do:

  1. Draw shapes on the back side of the sandpaper.
  2. Use an old pair of scissors to cut out the shapes (sandpaper can damage scissors, so don’t use a good pair).
  3. Glue the sandpaper shapes to a piece of cardstock or foam board.
  4. Have your child feel the shapes and identify them with his or her eyes closed.
Image credit: Amy Vowles

More crafts for kids

Fun flip-flop crafts for kids
Easy ocean-themed crafts for kids
Fun summer ice cube crafts for kids

Leave a Comment