Little ones learn about the world through their five senses. You can maximize all the brain-building that’s going on in that cute little noggin by making your own sensory toys. Here, you’ll find super easy DIY options, toys you can make and take with you when you’re out and about, and big inspiring sensory toys sure to be your kiddo’s favorite. And remember: always keep a close eye on your baby during any sensory exploration. Safety first!

Easy-Peasy Sensory Play

This just might be the simplest sensory play activity around. All you need are oats, containers and a few other things and, voila! You've got all the makings for a fun, not-too-messy afternoon of experimenting with different (edible) textures. A ball of raw oatmeal may not seem like much of a toy, but it's just the sort of super-easy thing that delights little ones. Find out all you need to know about creating an Oatmeal Textures Sensory Bin on Fun at Home with Kids.

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