Sensory Play: Easy, Fun, and {almost} Mess Free!


I love sensory play as much as my little one does.  What’s not satisfying about squeezing a big ball of playdough?  Here are a few favorites that are easy, fun, and {almost} mess free!

Finger Painting


I love a good art project but sometimes I don’t want to clean up a big mess.  So, I did some research and found a much cleaner way to finger paint.  Start by placing a sheet of white paper into a gallon zip lock bag and then add a few squirts of paint into the bag.  Zip the bag up and tape the opening so your little one can’t rip it open.  Then let your child finger paint while the mess is contained!

Kinetic Sand


Kinetic sand was our favorite throughout the winter.  Place a bag or two of the sand in a shallow container and give your kiddo a few toys to play in it with.  It’s really easy clean up and great to use in the house or outside.


Playdough is a tried and true favorite.  I remember it being one of my favorite things to do when I was younger. This is really easy to make yourself and there are tons of recipes out there.  If you’re not up for making it yourself, you can find it in just about any store.   This can get a little messy but it keeps my son occupied for more than five minutes, so it’s a win in my book. 

Water Play

Now that the weather is nice in New England, adding some water sensory play is perfect for outside. Fill an appropriate-sized container for your child with water, toys, buckets, things that sink and things that float.  I suggest this outside because it can get messy. Let your child splash and play until their heart’s content! I have more ideas for outdoor sensory play here and here!