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Sensory Bags for Babies – Helpful Tummy Time Distractions

Sensory Bags for Babies – Helpful Tummy Time Distractions

Sensory Bags for Babies – Helpful Tummy Time Distractions!

These sensory bags for babies are so easy to make and are such a great distraction during tummy time. Here are 4 ways you can make them!

These sensory bags for babies are so easy to make and are such a great tool to use during tummy time. Here are 4 ways you can make them! 

Benefits of Sensory Bags for Babies

Even babies can enjoy sensory play! Not only are these sensory bags for babies a fun distraction during that critical tummy time, but sensory play in general, is so beneficial for baby! This type of sensory play can help build neural connections in the brain as those young hands explore new textures, colors, and sounds.

They will also strengthen hand-eye coordination, and generally, are great for baby’s rapidly developing vision.

Tummy time will be a success as they will be so curious to see and try to feel what’s inside the bags!

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Watch How to Make Sensory Bags for Babies

In this quick video, you’ll see how easy it is to make sensory bags for babies.

The 4 bags I created were all based on items I had in my home, which included a bag filled up with cheap hair gel and googly eyes, one filled with water beads, another one filled with oil, water, and food coloring; and finally, one filled up with leftover wrappers that made a crinkly sound! 

For more baby activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas.

Watch How to Make Sensory Bags for Babies

In this quick video, you’ll see how easy it is to make sensory bags for babies.

The 4 bags I created were all based on items I had in my home, which included a bag filled up with cheap hair gel and googly eyes, one filled with water beads, another one filled with oil, water, and food coloring; and finally, one filled up with leftover wrappers that made a crinkly sound! 

For more baby activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas.

These sensory bags for babies are so easy to make and are such a great distraction during tummy time. Here are 4 ways you can make them!

Tips for Setting Up This Activity

Use What You’ve Got! As mentioned above, these sensory bags for babies were made of items I found around the house (including granola bar wrapper trash!). They do not need to be fancy, so feel free to adapt them based on what is available! Water, oil, shaving cream, water beads, hair gel, rainbow rice, paint – anything that makes a great sensory base will work well in a sensory bag!

Seal and Secure with Tape. For using sensory bags during tummy time, you’ll not only want to tape the plastic bags to the floor, but you’ll also want to first seal the zipper edge of the plastic bag with tape to prevent any spillage! Use an easy to remove masking tape for the floor, and something more strong like gorilla tape for sealing bags shut.

Make the Bag Label-Free. Both acetone, aka nail polish remover, and rubbing alcohol will remove the white label found on most plastic bags!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Remove the label on plastic bags using nail polish remover.

Step 2

Fill up your sensory bags with different sensory materials including water beads or crinkly leftover granola wrappers! You can also fill one up with oil, water and food coloring. Or you could fill one up with cheap hair gel and something like googly eyes!

 

Step 3

Seal the bags shut with strong tape. This is especially important when using liquids. Plastic bag’s built in zipper are not fool proof and are prone to breaking, so this will help prevent a clean up headache!

Step 4

Tape the sensory bags to the ground so that baby can enjoy looking at them and touching them during tummy time without the bags sliding around!

Step 1

Remove the label on plastic bags using nail polish remover.

Step 2

Fill up your sensory bags with different sensory materials including water beads or crinkly leftover granola wrappers! You can also fill one up with oil, water and food coloring. Or you could fill one up with cheap hair gel and something like googly eyes!

Step 3

Seal the bags shut with strong tape. This is especially important when using liquids. Plastic bag’s built in zipper are not fool proof and are prone to breaking, so this will help prevent a clean up headache!

Step 4

Tape the sensory bags to the ground so that baby can enjoy looking at them and touching them during tummy time without the bags sliding around!

Get FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

Need more fun things to do with baby? This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own – perfect for tummy time!

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

These sensory bags for babies are so easy to make and are such a great distraction during tummy time. Here are 4 ways you can make them!
These sensory bags for babies are so easy to make and are such a great distraction during tummy time. Here are 4 ways you can make them!

Get FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

Need more fun things to do with baby? This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own – perfect for tummy time!

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

Top Baby Toy Picks

Here are a few of our top picks for toys that are great for baby development!

black and white baby activities

Play Gym

This item is the ultimate play gym for babies with multi-sensory areas, 3 rattles, and lots of black and white cards!

black and white baby activities

Crinkle Activity Book

This black and white activity book includes a mirror as well as black and white images that prop up easily.

sensory play for babies

Tummy Time Splash-Free Mat

This mess-free aquatic themed water mat is great for tummy time and strengthening baby’s neck and shoulders! 

baby toy ball

Baby’s 1st Ball

This easy to grasp ball is perfect for young babies just learning how to hold objects and later transfer them from hand to hand.

What’s Next?

DIY Baby Toy – How to Make Sensory Wrist Bands

DIY Baby Toy – How to Make Sensory Wrist Bands

DIY Baby Toy – How to Make Sensory Wrist Rattles

diy baby toy how to make black and white wrist rattles

This DIY baby toy is so easy to make! Babies will enjoy exploring the high contrast colors and jingly sounds of these homemade rattles that can be placed on their wrists or feet! 

Benefits of this DIY Baby Toy

Around 2 months, babies begin to discover their hands. This DIY baby toy is a great way for babies to continue to explore those hands and develop their strength through sound and high contrast colors! With bells enclosed inside the felt band, they can hear rattling. Plus, the high contrast colors of the white band with the black jumbo pom poms is great for vision development in babies.

The wrist bands attach with velcro making them easy to put on and off by adults, but not easy for babies to take off! So they perfect for bringing on-the-go because they are secure and won’t be easily lost!

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Watch How to Make This DIY Baby Toy

In this quick video, you’ll see how easy this DIY baby toy is to make!

We attached them to the wrist, but you could make them for the feet too! I used high contrast colors because they are great for younger babies, but you could also use other more vibrant colors especially for older babies whose vision is more developed.

For more baby activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas

Watch How to Make This DIY Baby Toy

In this quick video, you’ll see how easy this DIY baby toy is to make!

We attached them to the wrist, but you could make them for the feet too! I used high contrast colors because they are great for younger babies, but you could also use other more vibrant colors especially for older babies whose vision is more developed.

For more baby activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas

diy baby toy how to make black and white wrist rattles

Tips for Setting Up This Activity

Extra Large Pom Poms. As babies develop their hand control, they usually bring them straight to their mouths. This is why using extra large pom poms, 1.75 inches and larger, is important to avoid any concerns for choking hazards.

Parts Need to Be Secured. The bells inside the velcro straps need to be firmly secured as they are small parts and it would be very dangerous if they were to get loose. Therefore, strong glue must be used or, alternatively, the pieces can be sewed together. Either way, supervision is required at all times.

Wake Windows. A wake window is that short time in between feeding and sleeping (or being changed!). Between 0-12 weeks wake windows can be between 60-75 minutes and up to 2 hours by 4 months. During this time, babies will benefit greatly from activities like this that not only stimulate their bodies, but their brains too. Be sure to grab these moments during the wake windows or else baby may get tired and cranky and may not want to play!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Firmly secure bells onto a strip of felt.

Step 2

Glue another strip of felt on top to enclose the bells.

 

Step 3

Glue extra large pom poms onto the felt band.

Step 4

Use velcro stickers on the ends so that the band can open and close around baby’s wrist.

Step 1

Firmly secure bells onto a strip of felt.

Step 2

Glue another strip of felt on top to enclose the bells.

Step 3

Glue extra large pom poms onto the felt band.

Step 4

Use velcro stickers on the ends so that the band can open and close around baby’s wrist.

Get FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

Need more fun things to do with baby? This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own – perfect for tummy time!

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable
black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable

Get FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

Need more fun things to do with baby? This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own – perfect for tummy time!

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

More High Contrast Activities

Here are my top picks for more ways babies can play with black and white!

black and white baby activities

Play Gym

This item is the ultimate play gym for babies with multi-sensory areas, 3 rattles, and lots of black and white cards!

black and white baby activities

Crinkle Activity Book

This black and white activity book includes a mirror as well as black and white images that prop up easily.

black and white baby activities

Take Along Mobile

This mobile has black and white colors, calming music, and an adjustable arm that can fit many different environments.

black and white baby activities

Rattles

This set of plush rattles have an animal design, black and white patterns, crinkly paper, and other sounds that are perfect for babies.

What’s Next?

Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers – Poke the Porcupine

Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers – Poke the Porcupine

Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers – Poke the Porcupine

child plays game to strengthen pincer grasp

This fine motor activity for toddlers is a fun way to strengthen pincer grasp, hand eye coordination, and more!

Setting it up is simple, but we made it even easier with a free printable porcupine that you can just tape to a box! Read on to get it!

A Fun Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers 

If you are looking for a way to help your toddler strengthen their fingers and pincer graps, then this the perfect activity!

Picking up toothpicks takes some serious concentration for toddlers. Sticking them into the porcupine will give them satisfaction and encourage them to keep going! For safety, use toothpicks that have a blunt tip, I link to one below! 

Don’t miss our full list of fine motor activities for more fun ideas! 

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Watch the Video to See This Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers in Action!

 

Here’s a quick video of my toddler pushing the toothpicks into the cardboard porcupine. As you can see, she loves adding all the sticky quills to the cute little porcupine. Remember, it is always important to supervise an activity like this!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Watch the Video to See This Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers in Action!

Here’s a quick video of my toddler pushing the toothpicks into the cardboard porcupine. As you can see, she loves adding all the sticky quills to the cute little porcupine. Remember, it is always important to supervise an activity like this!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

printable fine motor skills activity with animals

Make Your Own Cardboard Porcupine Activity or Grab Our Free Printable!

The prep work and set-up could not be easier! You don’t have to spend a lot of time buying lots of supplies either. And since we know grown ups are busy, we also have a free printable with spikey animals that you can just pop on a box instead of drawing one!

For more activities you can easily print visit our Printable Shop.

The pointy ends of the toothpicks make this a fantastic sensory activity for toddlers. Be careful though – use blunt toothpicks and always supervise. If you can’t find blunt toothpicks, use cotton swabs, paper straws, or pipe cleaners instead!

Read on for the step by step instructions and the educational benefits of this fine motor activity for toddlers!

Materials

  • Toothpicks (or pipe cleaners)

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Draw a porcupine on a small box or tape our free printable porcupine instead!

Step 2

Use a small screwdriver or sharp knife to create the holes. Remember to keep them small because they will expand as your kiddo pokes the toothpick through.  

Step 3

Stick toothpicks or pipe cleaners through the holes you made in the porcupine. 

Step 4

Younger toddlers can pull the spikes out of the porcupine or push them through the holes. Older toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy putting the toothpicks in the holes themselves!

Step 1

Draw a porcupine on a small box or tape our free printable porcupine instead!

Step 2

Use a small screwdriver or sharp knife to create the holes. Remember to keep them small because they will expand as your kiddo pokes the toothpick through. 

Step 3

Stick toothpicks or pipe cleaners through the holes you made in the porcupine. 

Step 4

Younger toddlers can pull the spikes out of the porcupine or push them through the holes. Older toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy putting the toothpicks in the holes themselves!

Educational Benefits of the Porcupine Activity

You are going to love how many early childhood education benefits there are of this simple little activity. 

Picking up or pushing down on the toothpicks is sensory play. Not only do they see the toothpicks, but they feel the edges too. When toddlers feel different textures, it creates new connections in their minds. 

Not only does it engage their mind, but it strengthens their fine motor skills. That movement of trying to pinch the toothpicks with their thumb and fingers is called the pincer grasp. It’s important for other skills like tying their shoes and holding a pencil. 

child playing game to strengthen fine motor skills by poking toothpicks or cotton swabs into a box shaped like a porcupine

Add some letters and numbers to the porcupine for older kids. Then, ask them to poke the toothpicks through each letter and number. This is a fun activity that can grow with your child!  

child playing game to strengthen fine motor skills by poking toothpicks or cotton swabs into a box shaped like a porcupine

Educational Benefits of the Porcupine Activity

You are going to love how many early childhood education benefits there are of this simple little activity. 

Picking up or pushing down on the toothpicks is sensory play. Not only do they see the toothpicks, but they feel the edges too. When toddlers feel different textures, it creates new connections in their minds. 

Not only does it engage their mind, but it strengthens their fine motor skills. That movement of trying to pinch the toothpicks with their thumb and fingers is called the pincer grasp. It’s important for other skills like tying their shoes and holding a pencil. 

Add some letters and numbers to the porcupine for older kids. Then, ask them to poke the toothpicks through each letter and number. This is a fun activity that can grow with your child!

Store-Bought Fine Motor Activities For Toddlers

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that strengthen toddler fine motor skills!

Buckle and Threading Pillow

This colorful pillow is fantastic for fine motor skills with 12 buckles to explore as well as a threading exercise!

Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog 

These chunky spikes are easy for little hands to grasp while strengthening muscles as they fit into the back of the hedgehog!

Big Lacing Beads 

Threading large wooden beads are great for strengthening fine motor skills! This set includes 30 beads and 2 colorful laces!

Pull and Play Tissue Box

This fun toy is a play tissue box that comes with 12 reusable scarves to encourage grasping and fine motor skills!

What’s Next?

How To Make Taste-Safe Foam For Sensory Play

How To Make Taste-Safe Foam For Sensory Play

How To Make Taste-Safe Foam For Sensory Play  

Use this recipe to make taste-safe foam for toddlers and preschoolers. It is so easy to make and is truly the perfect sensory base for young kids who put everything in their mouth! 

If you want to do sensory-based activities with your little one, but worry that he or she puts everything in their mouth, then this recipe is for you! I had the same worry! Making foam out of dish soap or shaving cream simply isn’t safe, but everything changed when I discovered that you could make a foam using bean water (you read that right!)!

The Magic of Aquafaba  

What is aquafaba? It’s a fluffy foam created from whipped up bean water. The translation is literally, “bean water.” People who are allergic to eggs use this as an egg replacement in food recipes. 

Aquafaba is also used to replace shaving cream and dish soap in sensory bins so that toddlers can dig right in without any worries of toxicity. 

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Watch the Video to See the Foam in Action

Once I made the foam (see the how-to below!), I added it to one bin, and then added water to the other bin. My little girl enjoyed playing with it – scooping, splashing, and squeezing. Having the water nearby allowed her to wash her hands if they felt too icky! 

Watch the video and you’ll see how much this foam looks like soap foam or shaving cream! Best part, of course, is she can stick her fingers in her mouth without me worrying!.

Watch the Video to See the Foam in Action

Once I made the taste-safe foam (see the how-to below!), I added it to one bin, and then added water to the other bin. My little girl enjoyed playing with it – scooping, splashing, and squeezing. Having the water nearby allowed her to wash her hands if they felt too icky! 

Watch the video and you’ll see how much this foam looks like soap foam or shaving cream! Best part, of course, is she can stick her fingers in her mouth without me worrying!.

How to Make Your Own Taste-Safe Foam

This is going to be something you use for lots of other sensory-based activities, so bookmark it! 

All you need to make this foam is a can of beans. If you only have dried beans, then soak 1 cup of dried beans in 2.5 cups of water overnight and use the liquid the beans soaked in.  I have found the can of water works best though.

One thing I love about this foam is how safe it is for the environment. I don’t feel bad dumping it out in the yard or letting it go down the drain – it’s just water from beans.

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links. 

Materials

  • Water from 1 can of beans, I’ve found chickpeas work best!
  • Electric Mixer

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Place the water from the can of beans in a bowl. 

Step 2

Whip up the water with an electric mixer. 

Step 3

Keep whipping for 3-6 minutes or until stiff peaks form in the water. 

 

Step 4

If you want a firmer texture, add a dash of cream of tartar.

Step 5

Color the foam with food coloring for some vibrancy!

Step 1

Place the water from the can of beans in a bowl. 

Step 2

Whip up the water with an electric mixer. 

Step 3

Keep whipping for 3-6 minutes or until stiff peaks form in the water. 

Step 4

If you want a firmer texture, add a dash of cream of tarter.

Step 5

Color the foam with food coloring for some vibrancy!

 

Educational Benefits of Sensory Play

What I love about this taste-safe foam is that it allows my toddler to engage safely in sensory play, while learning that sensory materials aren’t to put in her mouth. In other words, adults do not have to worry if a child does put the foam in their mouth, but they should use this as an opportunity to teach the child that sensory materials aren’t for the mouth.

Sensory play is so educational for toddlers. When they feel different textures, they are actively interacting with their environment. This causes their mind to create new connections and grow. Anytime you want to set up sensory play for your little one, don’t forget about the power of bean water! 

It is also the very first steps of scientific curiosity. They begin to wonder, “what is this” and explore it. Toddlers use all 5 senses to understand what it is. That’s why it’s so important to give them a safe way to explore when they play.  

Educational Benefits of Sensory Play

What I love about this taste-safe foam is that it allows my toddler to engage safely in sensory play, while learning that sensory materials aren’t to put in her mouth. In other words, adults do not have to worry if a child does put the foam in their mouth, but they should use this as an opportunity to teach the child that sensory materials aren’t for the mouth.

Sensory play is so educational for toddlers. When they feel different textures, they are actively interacting with their environment. This causes their mind to create new connections and grow. Anytime you wan to set up sensory play for your little one, don’t forget about the power of bean water! 

It is also the very first steps of scientific curiosity. They begin to wonder, “what is this” and explore it. Toddlers use all 5 senses to understand what it is. That’s why it’s so important to give them a safe way to explore when they play.  

More Sensory Activities For Young Kids

Here are my top picks for sensory play items for toddlers and babies!

Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

Sensory Bin Tools

This set comes with 7 items including bowls, scoops, and a tong. A great set for learning practical life skills through sensory play.

Ultimate Play Sink

This battery powered sink recirculates water for a fun sensory play that will hold your toddler’s attention span!

Colorful Spaghetti

This is another super simple way to create a taste safe sensory play for your little one! All the links and info you need for this below!

What’s Next?

Color Mixing Activity – The Color Path

Color Mixing Activity – The Color Path

Color Mixing Activity – The Colorful Path

This color mixing activity is a fun way to get kids on their feet! This is where gross motor, sensory play, and science collide to discover how primary colors mix to form secondary colors!

Even the littlest of kids can enjoy this one! Using plastic bags to mix the paint is low prep and keeps things mess free!

Plus, Once your kiddo stamps on the bags to create a secondary color, you can use that paint for an art project!

Read on to see how simple this is to set up and what materials I used, including paint and tape!

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Watch the Video to See the Color Mixing Activity in Action

Back and forth, back and forth! My kids enjoyed running on top of the colorful bags, mixing them with their feet as well as getting on the floor and mixing them with their hands!

They made guesses of what colors were going to form, and enjoyed the mess-free sensory experience!

Watch the Video to See the Color Mixing Activity in Action

Back and forth, back and forth! My kids enjoyed running on top of the colorful bags, mixing them with their feet as well as getting on the floor and mixing them with their hands!

They made guesses of what colors were going to form, and enjoyed the mess-free sensory experience!

How to Make Your Own Gross Motor Color Mixing Activity

This requires the simplest of materials! Everything we used, you likely already have in your home!

If you’ve been following along on our play journey, you know we constanty save and use cardboard! So naturally, this is what we used as the foundation of our sensory path!

In addition, I will break down everything that we used to keep this color mixing activity vibrant, yet mess-free!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Use an alcohol swab to remove the white label on top of the plastic bag. This is optional, but it allows you to see into the bag more clearly!

Step 2

Fill plastic bags up with paint, each with 2 colors that will form a secondary color. Blue and yellow to form green. Yellow and red to form orange. And blue and red to form purple.

Step 3

Tape the bags over the zipper portion to give extra security in case of the bag opening. 

 

 

Step 4

Tape the bags onto the floor, or first on to cardboard (like we did!) as an extra security in case a bag ruptures.

Step 5

Task children with mixing up the paint using their feet. Walking back and forth until the colors combine. Make guesses, and enjoy discovering the results!

Step 1

Use an alcohol swab to remove the white label on top of the plastic bag. This is optional, but it allows you to see into the bag more clearly!

Step 2

Fill plastic bags up with paint, each with 2 colors that will form a secondary color. Blue and yellow to form green. Yellow and red to form orange. And blue and red to form purple.

Step 3

Tape the bags over the zipper portion to give extra security in case of the bag opening. 

Step 4

Tape the bags onto the floor, or first on to cardboard (like we did!) as an extra security in case a bag ruptures.

Step 5

Task children with mixing up the paint using their feet. Walking back and forth until the colors combine. Make guesses, and enjoy discovering the results!

 

Color Mixing Activity Printable

We created a super fun printable that explores color mixing. The set includes 5 hands on activities all about colors and color mixing!

Enjoy coloring and distinguishing each of the colors in the rainbow! Then, learn all about what happens when primary colors mix to form secondary colors. Next, learn about shades (making colors darker) and tints (making colors lighter). And finally, go over all those concepts in a final round up review!

For this printable color mixing activity set plus many other printables visit our Printable Shop

Educational Benefits of Color Mixing

There are so many benefits a child can gain through color mixing activities, especially gross motor ones like this!

They will experience the concept of cause and effect. When they cause the two primary colors mix, they will see the effects visually in the new color they created!

This activity is also a great way for even the youngest of kids to learn color recognition. Not only will they be able to distinguish primary colors from secondary colors, but will enjoy the process of creating them!

This is also a great opportunity for language development. Asking questions, making predictions, and discussing the names of the different colors is key!

 

Last but not least there are both gross motor and fine motor skills being experienced in this color mixing activity. My having children walk over the color path, they are exercising their gross motor skills. Then, they can sit down on the ground and use their hands to mix the colors, exercising their fine motor skills too! 

Educational Benefits of Sensory Play

There are so many benefits a child can gain through color mixing activities, especially gross motor ones like this!

They will experience the concept of cause and effect. When they cause the two primary colors mix, they will see the effects visually in the new color they created!

This activity is also a great way for even the youngest of kids to learn color recognition. Not only will they be able to distinguish primary colors from secondary colors, but will enjoy the process of creating them!

This is also a great opportunity for language development. Asking questions, making predictions, and discussing the names of the different colors is key!

Last but not least there are both gross motor and fine motor skills being experienced in this color mixing activity. My having children walk over the color path, they are exercising their gross motor skills. Then, they can sit down on the ground and use their hands to mix the colors, exercising their fine motor skills too! 

 

Store-Bought Color Mixing Activities

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that are all about color mixing!

Color Mixing Glasses

Layer colored lenses in the plastic glasses to see different shades of colors all around you!

Splash of Color Kit

This great kit includes a mini mixing tray, color mixing tablets, and pipettes for creating an amazing splash of colors!

Watercolor Set

This set includes paint, brushes, and paper. Watercolors are a classic way to watch colors mix and create new shades.

Steve Spangler Science Color Fizzers

This set of 100 tablets comes in primary colors. You can mix the colored water to create different colors.

What’s Next?

Peg People Color Matching Game

Peg People Color Matching Game

Learn Colors with Peg People

This simple color matching game with peg people is a great way for toddlers to learn colors! Plus, it is a budget-friendly activity that can be set up in seconds!

I love being able to create easy-to-set-up activities, especially if toddlers and young kids complete it quickly!

Plus, this colorful piece of cardboard can now be used time and time again whether playing with peg people, cars, or other colorful objects found around the house!

Where Open-Ended Peg People Collide with Color Recognition

After my kiddo was able to complete the color matching activity, the set up evolved into the most wonderful imaginative play! Peg people are such a great open-ended play item and one of the most treasured toys in our collection!

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Watch the Video to See How to Learn Colors and Spark Imaginative Play with Peg People

My girl (26 months) impressed me with her ability to swiftly match the colors on this DIY puzzle – distinguishing from the light and dark shades too! It is such a great way to learn colors using objects you have at home.

Even though she completed the puzzle quickly, when she was done, the most magical thing happened — it sparked  an independent, imaginative play!  Watch to see what I mean!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Watch the Video to See the Peg People Game

My girl (26 months) impressed me with her ability to swiftly match the colors on this DIY puzzle – distinguishing from the light and dark shades too! It is such a great way to learn colors using objects you have at home.

Even though she completed the puzzle quickly, when she was done, the most magical thing happened — it sparked  an independent, imaginative play!  Watch to see what I mean!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

How to Make Your Own DIY Puzzle to Learn Colors

It truly doesn’t get easier than this! Just grab some paper, or cardboard if you want more durability! We always have an abundance of cardboard, so you’ll often see us using it. I personally love how strong it is, plus it doesn’t cost me anything extra!

When coloring on cardboard, I love using tempera paint sticks. They roll on like a crayon, are vibrant like paint, but dry in seconds! Truly an amazing art supply that I suggest everyone have in their craft box! Whenever I use regular paint on cardboard it ends up drying in really dull colors!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

On a piece of paper or cardboard make marks for each color you want to match. I made circles so the peg dolls could fit right inside;

Step 2

Make a black outline around your color to give it an extra pop!

 

Step 3

Set up your colorful objects for matching. We used peg dolls which I highly recommend because they are such a versatile open ended toy!

Step 1

On a piece of paper or cardboard make marks for each color you want to match. I made circles so the peg dolls could fit right inside;

Step 2

Make a black outline around your color to give it an extra pop!

Step 3

Set up your colorful objects for matching. We used peg dolls which I highly recommend because they are such a versatile open ended toy!

Educational Benefits of this Color Matching Puzzle

It is important for toddlers and young kids to learn colors! Color recognition is an essential for cognitive development and readiness for preschool. Learning the different names of colors enhances a child’s language skills, preparing them for the ability to communicate.

The ability to sort, match, and make patterns is another important skill in early childhood. They are the fundamentals of early math. These types of activities provide children a hands on way to develop the cognitive skill of distinguishing whether something is the same or different.

Educational Benefits of this Color Matching Puzzle

It is important for toddlers and young kids to learn colors! Color recognition is an essential for cognitive development and readiness for preschool. Learning the different names of colors enhances a child’s language skills, preparing them for the ability to communicate.

The ability to sort, match, and make patterns is another important skill in early childhood. They are the fundamentals of early math. These types of activities provide children a hands on way to develop the cognitive skill of distinguishing whether something is the same or different.

Top Toys to Learn Colors

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy to learn colors!

Wooden Peg Dolls

These wooden peg dolls are beautifully made, vibrant, and multi-cultural! 

These are what we used in our activity!

Color Sorting Rainbow

This hand-crafted wooden color sorting rainbow is so beautifully made, and great for fine motor in addition to color recognition!

Count and Color Match Houses

This fun set includes 5 houses and 15 counting people. A great way to learn colors and count, while sparking imaginative play!

Stack and Sort

This fun puzzle is all about shape and color recognition. Stacking the pieces through the peg is great for fine motor skill development too!

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Toddler Fine Motor Skills – Spaghetti Pull

Toddler Fine Motor Skills – Spaghetti Pull

Toddler Fine Motor Skills – Spaghetti Pull 

This pasta activity uses rainbow spaghetti to strengthen toddler fine motor skills. Bonus points for being taste-safe! 

This is the perfect activity for really young toddlers who are just starting to develop an understanding of cause and effect. Since it uses spaghetti they are free to put it in their mouths and experience it that way too. 

Strengthen their Fingers with this Toddler Fine Motor Activity

This fun activity will strengthen your toddler’s fingers muscles and help them develop their pincer grasp.

Selecting and pulling out those colorful strands is tricky for little hands, but such great exercise! A commonly seen toddler activity is to remove pipe cleaners from colanders. I personally find the pointy metal ends of pipe cleaners not safe for young toddler play. Spaghetti is much safer (and delicious!).

Plus, older kids can enjoy the challenge of threading the pasta through the holes themselves!

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Watch the Video to See the Pasta Activity in Action

Here’s a quick video of my toddler pulling the spaghetti out of the colander. As you can see, she loves pulling the spaghetti and handing them to me.

The texture of the spaghetti makes this a fun sensory activity for older babies and toddlers too!

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Watch the Video to See the Pasta Activity in Action

Here’s a quick video of my toddler pulling the spaghetti out of the colander. As you can see, she loves pulling the spaghetti and handing them to me.

The texture of the spaghetti makes this a fun sensory activity for older babies and toddlers too!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

How to Make Your Own Toddler Fine Motor Skills Pasta Activity

This is another super-fun educational activity for toddlers. I’ll include directions for how you can make colorful spaghetti, but you have any allergies or personally preferences against food coloring, you can always use un-dyed spaghetti too.

One tip for the perfect pasta consistency is to not overcook it. If it gets overcooked, it may break easily and be too difficult to thread through the colander! Going al dente is best! 

Another tip, don’t thread the entire strand of spaghetti through the colander! Break it in half or varying sizes to speed up the set up time!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Boil the spaghetti according to the package directions, strain, and let them cool completely.

Step 2

Divide the spaghetti into one bowl for each color you want to dye.

Step 3

Mix in natural food coloring to desired vibrancy!

 

Step 4

Rinse the spaghetti to wash away any excess food coloring;

Step 5

Mix dyed spaghetti together and thread each through the holes in the strainer. Break them in half  or quarters to avoid having to thread an entire strand through!

Step 6

Let your toddler pull each spaghetti out, and older kids can do the threading! 

Step 1

Boil the spaghetti according to the package directions, strain, and let them cool completely.

Step 2

Divide the spaghetti into one bowl for each color you want to dye.

Step 3

Mix in natural food coloring to desired vibrancy!

Step 4

Rinse the spaghetti to wash away any excess food coloring;

Step 5

Mix dyed spaghetti together and thread each through the holes in the strainer. Break them in half  or quarters to avoid having to thread an entire strand through!

Step 6

Let your toddler pull each spaghetti out, and older kids can do the threading!

Educational Benefits of the Spaghetti Pull Game

Not only is this game a lot of fun (and completely taste safe) but it will help your baby’s brain grow and develop too!

Sensory play is so important for toddlers. By feeling different textures and interacting with their environment, their mind creates new connections and actually grows. This activity not only has the contrasting textures of the squishy cooked spaghetti against the hard colander, but it has bright colors and the taste element!

It also teaches that very important pincer grasp. In order to pull out the spaghetti, they have to pinch it with their index finger and thumb. This movement is the foundation for important practical life skills like buttoning, unzipping, and holding a pencil! 

As they pull out each spaghetti, teach your toddler the names of the colors. This will teach them color recognition and early communication skills too.

 

Educational Benefits of the Spaghetti Pull Game

Not only is this game a lot of fun (and completely taste safe) but it will help your baby’s brain grow and develop too!

Sensory play is so important for toddlers. By feeling different textures and interacting with their environment, their mind creates new connections and actually grows. This activity not only has the contrasting textures of the squishy cooked spaghetti against the hard colander, but it has bright colors and the taste element!

It also teaches that very important pincer grasp. In order to pull out the spaghetti, they have to pinch it with their index finger and thumb. This movement is the foundation for important practical life skills like buttoning, unzipping, and holding a pencil! 

As they pull out each spaghetti, teach your toddler the names of the colors. This will teach them color recognition and early communication skills too.

Store-Bought Sensory Activities For Toddlers

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that strengthen toddler fine motor skills!

Buckle and Threading Pillow

This colorful pillow is fantastic for fine motor skills with 12 buckles to explore as well as a threading exercise!

Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog 

These chunky spikes are easy for little hands to grasp while strengthening muscles as they fit into the back of the hedgehog!

Big Lacing Beads 

Threading large wooden beads are great for strengthening fine motor skills! This set includes 30 beads and 2 colorful laces! 

Pull and Play Tissue Box

This fun toy is a play tissue box that comes with 12 reusable scarves to encourage grasping and fine motor skills!

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