Halloween Sensory Activity Pack 2023


If you’re after some spooktacular autumn activities to thrill your little monster’s senses, dive into our free Halloween Sensory Activity Pack! Specially assembled by our sensory team, the pack is designed to keep little hands busy whilst nurturing and developing senses and letting their creativity run wild!

What you’ll find inside:

  • Autumn Scavenger Hunt
  • Spider Biscuits Recipe
  • Maze Challenge
  • Pumpkin Slime Recipe
  • Pet Party Counting Activity
  • Bubbling Brew Science Experiment
  • Spooky Dot to Dots
  • Leaf Crown Crafts
  • Halloween Cat Colouring Pages

Our seasonal activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download our Halloween Sensory Activity Pack


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Winter Sensory Activity Pack 2022

Tis the time for the most sensory of seasons…

Can you hear the festive jingle bells? Feel the warmth of a crackling of a fire? Smell the pine and peppermint in the air? And taste the sweetness of a hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows?

As an early Christmas treat, our sensory team have put together a free sensory activity pack for you to get stuck into! It’s free to download and filled with exciting activities designed to stimulate your senses – whether that’s making sweet-smelling strawberry marshmallow slimecarefully connecting and colouring Christmas dot-to-dotsor creating snowball surprise soap.

Our activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download our Winter Sensory Activity Pack

You can download it right here.

Winter Sensory Activity Pack

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Halloween Sensory Activity Pack


It’s officially spooky season!

To help you get into the spirit, our Sensory Team has put together a wickedly awesome Halloween activity pack for you to get stuck into. It’s free to download and filled with ghoulish games, spooky recipes, creepy crafts, slimy science, scary snacks, monsterous colouring pages, and even more frighteningly fun activities designed to stimulate and develop your senses.

Our activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download our Halloween Sensory Activity Pack

You can download it right here.


Halloween Sensory Activity Pack

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Easter Sensory Activity Pack

Easter is almost here!

To celebrate our Sensory Team has put together an egg-citing Easter activity pack for you to get stuck into. It’s free to download and filled with sensory recipes, arty crafts, slimy science, colouring pages, and lots of egg-tastic activities designed to stimulate and develop your senses.

Our activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download our Easter Sensory Activity Pack

You can download it right here.

Easter Sensory Activity Pack


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Getting Active with a Disability

Last month the government unveiled their latest report looking into the health and wellbeing of children and young people with disabilities and special needs.

It’s the first report of its kind, written by researchers from the University of Bristol, Durham University and Disability Rights UK.

We’ve spent the time reading the report and listed the main takeaways below.

Two young brothers playing in a field together


5 Key Takeaways

1. Exercise is as important for non-disabled children as it is for disabled children.

“The scientific evidence is clear. Disabled children can benefit from being physically active in their everyday lives.”

Like everyone else, disabled children should aim to do around 120-180 minutes of aerobic activity each week. It doesn’t have to be done all in one session, and it’s best spread out across the week in daily 20 minute or every-other-day 40-minute chunks.

So, whether that’s a sunny afternoon playing in the park, walking the dog, or a daily dance session – putting aside half an hour to get active should be quite achievable.

Alongside the aerobic exercises, the experts also recommend mixing in some challenging strength and balance-focused activities too. These don’t have to be as complicated as they might seem, and they could be as simple as swinging on a swing or moving with weighted bands on your wrists or ankles. But doing these sorts of exercises is important for building muscle strength and body confidence.


2. Children are more likely to engage in activities when they’re inclusive, fun and enjoyable.

Motivation is key to getting active, and what better way to motivate children to get moving than making it fun?

Whether that’s joining a local sports team, finding a friend to join you on your active journey, or thinking outside of the box with your activities, e.g. having an impromptu sensory disco. There are lots of ways that you can upgrade your activities.

Find a list of local groups you could join here: https://www.ableize.com/disabled-groups-and-clubs-by-county/


3. There aren’t any health or safety risks when disabled children exercise – so long that it’s within their limits.

Parents can sometimes be sceptical about the safety of getting their disabled child active, although you could be doing more harm by stopping them from getting active in the long term.

The academics in the study found that there was no evidence to show that physical activity was unsafe for a disabled child, so long as it is performed at an appropriate level for their physical development, fitness, physical and mental functioning.


4. Exercise can build muscle, strength and confidence.

Exercise has a lot of benefits. Not only will it keep you fit and healthy, but it will also strengthen your muscles and bones, help you to maintain a healthy weight, improve your sleep, build confidence and social skills, boost your mental health and aid concentration and learning!


5. Even small bouts of activity can provide benefits.

Sometimes the commitment of 120 minutes of weekly exercise can seem like a lot. If it does feel overwhelming, why don’t you set yourself a task to do something active for five minutes every day? That’ll quickly build up to 35 minutes of exercise in the week.

After some time, you might find that you can do four 5-minute activities every day – and you’ll have reached the recommended 120-minute goal without having to put in too much of a sweat.

Thinking about how to make things manageable will help you make them manageable.


Active Activity Ideas

It’s always a little daunting to know where to start with exercise, but it shouldn’t be. We’re not recommending that you sign up for a marathon. But what we are suggesting is that you try to get a bit more active during the day.

Whether that’s going for a walk, doing a happy dance, or stretching. Doing simple, accessible, and fun actions every day is a great way to build up your fitness levels over time.

Our Sensory Experts have put together a few fun and inclusive sensory exercises designed to stimulate different systems and muscles; check them out below!



Not only are swings calming, but they’re also great for stimulating your vestibular systems – which helps you balance. Spending time swinging is a fun and relaxing way of actively developing your sense of balance.

Swings: Accessible Swing Seat, Wheelchair Friendly Swing Platform, Swing Frame, Nest Swing.



Bouncing, rocking, moving and stimming are common sensory seeking impulses. Channelling stims into a sensory activity can be an accessible and inclusive way of getting active and strengthening muscles.

Our Bouncing Chair is built to help you bounce in comfort. Its curved shape supports your body as you bounce, helping you relax in the stimulating movement. It’s available in two sizes for smaller or larger children.



Rocking and spinning in our funky sensory bowls can help you develop balance, gross motor and coordination skills. Use your whole body to carefully move the bowl from side to side, and try not to tip it over. They’re also suitable for indoor and outdoor play.

Rocking Bowls: Bilibo.



Our bright green Floor Surfer combines play, movement, balance, and motor skills development. Specially designed to support the user’s coccyx when sitting and the sternum when lying down, this handy sensory resource stimulates proprioceptive systems to that you can surf comfortably.

Build strength in your arms and legs as you push yourself along as you surf through your house or garden and discover it from a new perspective.



Walking provides the perfect opportunity to get outside and explore nature, although not all of us may be as comfortable on our feet. The Go Wheelie is a great walking support for users who aren’t as confident in their movements. Not only does it help them along, but it also encourages muscle control and strengthening too!


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Winter Sensory Activity Pack

Christmas is on its way!

To celebrate the occasion, our Sensory Elves have been busy putting together a wonderfully wintery activity pack – designed to stimulate your senses, develop key skills and inspire lots of festive fun!

Our activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download our Winter Sensory Activity Pack

Winter Sensory Activity Pack Contents:

  • Winter Bingo: Grab your sensory bingo card and use it as a guide to explore your senses this winter. Who will be the first to get a line or a full house?
    • Skills: Sound, Taste, Visual, Tactile, Sensory Exercise, Creative.
  • Sensory Baking – Apple Pie Cookies: This warm recipe is great weekend activity. Explore your senses in the kitchen and bake a tray of tasty treats.
    • Skills: Tactile, Taste, Smell.
  • Elvin’ About: Count the colourful Christmas elves in this festive counting activity.
    • Skills: Visual, Counting.
  • Gingerbread Slime: This recipe is excellent for stimulating your sense of smell, developing your fine motor skills and having lots of slimy fidgety tactile fun!
    • Skills: Tactile, Smell, Fidgeting.
  • Winter Senses: Think about your five senses in the winter, and which sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and textures are your favourites (e.g. building a snowman and the feel of the cold snow on your hands).
    • Skills: Sensory Thought, Introspection, Preferences.
  • Christmas Tree Hand Arts: It’s time to get a little bit messy so that we can make a Christmassy piece of art! Explore your tactile senses and develop your fine motor skills as you create your own handprint tree.
    • Skills: Tactile, Fine Motor, Creative, Visual.
  • Christmas Glitter Jars: This easy to make DIY fidget is perfect for visual stimulation and can also be gifted as a handmade sensory Christmas present.
    • Skills: Visual, Distracting, Stimming.
  • Colour Me In: It’s design time! We’re challenging you to design your own Christmas jumper. Use your art and fine motor skills to create a jumper that you’d love to wear.
    • Skills: Fine Motor, Creative, Visual.
  • Mindful Colouring: Focusing on the colours and keeping between the lines is a simple therapeutic activity that can calm and relax your mind. Why don’t you give it a try yourself with our mindful Christmas colouring page?
    • Skills: Calming, Visual, Fine Motor.

Two children playing in the snow.

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Using Sensory to Sleep Well

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things we can do, as it gives us the energy we need to explore, discover and learn more about our senses.

Without enough sleep, we can feel tired, irritable and pretty grumpy. 30% of children have trouble with their sleep, and those with Sensory Processing Disorders or Autism are even more likely to struggle to get to sleep.

This is down to their sensory sensitivities. If you are naturally over-stimulated throughout the day, your brain is likely to be wide awake at night, processing the information that’s been collecting. Whereas if you’re under-stimulated, you’re likely to find it hard to sleep as your brain has been in a type of sleep mode all day, as it’s been missing the stimulation it’s been craving.

Whether you find that your brain is under or overstimulated, including sensory into your bedtime routine could be the sleepy magic trick that you’ve been searching for.

Our sensory experts have put together a resource guide filled with sensory sleep advice; they cover each of your sensory systems so that you can stimulate the ones you’re most sensitive to.


Sound & Sleep

During our first years, sound and sleep are almost synonymous because music (typically relaxing music) acts as a mental distraction that helps us calm down. So whether that’s listening to your favourite bedtime playlist, whale sounds, or white noise – it’s likely that listening to some form of music will help you get to sleep a little quicker.

Over-Stimulated: Try to minimise outside noises, whether that’s turning the telly off downstairs or trying not to run the washing machine overnight. Keeping the house as quiet as possible is a great way to avoid any unwanted sound stimulation. If you’re particularly sensitive to sounds, why not try a pair of noise-cancelling headphones? Not only can you use them to sleep in, but they’ll be a handy sensory resource for when you’re out and about.

Under-Stimulated: Ambient sounds, white noise and audiobooks are great bedroom distractions for users seeking sound stimulation. Studies have found that listening to music can help you sleep better and faster. Whether it’s a lullaby, a soft folky playlist or a David Walliams audiobook, see if sound can help you sleep better.

  • Did you know that our Colour Changing Aroma Diffuser doubles as a sensory speaker? Mixing mood lighting, therapeutic aromas and soft sounds, you’re sure to have a great night’s sleep.

Sounds & Sleep


Light, Sight & Sleep

According to the Sleep Foundation, “light is the most important external factor affecting sleep.” This is because light affects your circadian rhythm – your bodies internal sleep clock. Bright light, especially blue light from screens, can halt melatonin production, keeping you awake.

Whilst light could affect how well you sleep; you might not be able to get to sleep without some light in your room. Mood lamps and night lights are popular bedroom accessories to help children and adults feel relaxed and calm before bed.

Over-Stimulated: Try to reduce the amount of light in your room. Blackout curtains or blinds are an effective way of blocking out sun or moonlight and transforming your bedroom into a dreamy dark den.

Under-Stimulated: Dark rooms aren’t for everyone, and that’s why we’ve got plenty of dreamy visual distractions in our projection and light effects collection. But for the purposes of this blog, we’re going to recommend our Ocean Wave Projector. It’s small, portable and can quickly create immersive sensory worlds to help you get into a dreamy mood. Focus and watch as the lighting effects cast undulating waves across your room for an endlessly calming visual distraction. What’s best is that the mood light doubles as a sensory speaker to play relaxing ocean sounds (or any other relaxing music of your choice.)

Light & Sleep


Smells & Sleep

Lavender, chamomile and rosemary are thought to help you dream deeper and sleep better, as they stimulate your olfactory systems and help your brain relax. It’s always best to use smells in moderation, as an overpowering smell, no matter how good it is, is likely to overstimulate your senses and make it harder for your brain to relax.

Under-Stimulated: Aromatherapy diffusers are a great way to subtly decorate your bedroom with calming scents, ready for a therapeutic night’s sleep. Our Aroma Stream Unit is an affordable and practical aromatherapy device that will quickly have your bedroom smelling like a sleepy sensory paradise.

If you’d like a more distracting aromatherapy experience, we’d highly recommend our MohDoh Sleep Pack. The pots of scented tactile putty stimulate your olfactory systems and tactile senses, and they also help build your fine motor skills. All in all, it’s a perfect fidget toy for capturing attention and helping minds relax.

Over-Stimulated: Avoid bringing anything smelly into your bedroom, and wash your sheets with a non-fragranced fabric conditioner for a neutral smelling bedroom environment.

Smells & Sleep


Taste & Sleep

Taste isn’t necessarily linked to a good night’s sleep, but the foods you eat before bed can have an impact on how well you sleep. Nutritionists recommend that you avoid fatty or sugary treats before you go to bed as they increase your blood sugar levels, giving you a boost of energy that can make it harder for you to get to sleep. On the other hand, a cup of cherry juice can help your body produce melatonin, making you feel naturally sleepy.

Under-Stimulated: If you find that you’re seeking oral stimulation at night, a chewigem could be a great resource to calm your senses before bed. Wear it on your wrist or hold it in your hand and calm your nerves by chewing on the soft silicone.

Over-Stimulated: If you find that minty toothpaste is too stimulating before bed, why don’t you try a different flavoured alternative? Whether that’s softer spearmint, strawberry or even a non-flavoured toothpaste to help calm your oral senses and sleep soundly.

Taste & Sleep


Touch, Your Tactile Senses & Sleep

Feeling comfortable before going to bed is one of the most important things we can do to try and have a good night’s sleep; and a lot of that has to do with how we physically feel, like if our pyjamas are too tight, or if we can’t find a cosy spot on our mattress. Luckily there are lots of things that you can do to improve your tactile experience before bed.

Under-Stimulated: If you find that you’re a restless sleeper and spend a lot of time tossing and turning in bed, you’re likely seeking tactile stimulation, so why don’t you try a Weighted Blanket? Weighted Blankets offer a comforting pressure that situates your body in space, stimulating your tactile and proprioceptive systems and helping you to feel calm and relaxed. We have lots of weighted blanket options for you to find the right size, weight, and shape for your needs.

Over-Stimulated: If you find that your tactile senses are particularly sensitive, we’d recommend going to sleep in loose-fitting clothing, using smooth fine cotton sheets, or trying to sleep without a duvet to try and avoid any extra tactile stimulation.

Touch & Sleep


Find Out More

Understanding your sensory needs is an important step in improving your sleep hygiene and sleeping well. If you’d like to find out more about creating a relaxing and therapeutic bedroom environment, then get in touch with a member of our sensory team; they’ll be able to recommend the best sensory products and resources to match your sensory needs and to help you get a great night’s sleep.

You can also get in touch with our design team about our Sensory Bedroom design packages – where we can transform your bedroom into a dreamy sensory paradise.

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Summer Sensory Activities

Summer is the best time to explore your senses. Days are longer, warmer, and filled with unique sounds, sights, smells, tastes, and textures for you to discover.

And that’s why our Sensory Experts have put together an exciting Summer Sensory Activity Booklet to keep you active, creative and your senses stimulated all summer long!

Our activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download your copy of our Sensory Activity Booklet.

If you’re interested in discovering more summer sensory activities, then sign up for our monthly activity newsletter. It’s completely free and filled with stimulating sensory activities, creative resources and helpful parental advice.

Child explores the texture of the sand.


Summer Sensory Activity Booklet Contents:

  • Sensory Flag: Design and create your own Sensory Flag, perfect for sensory gardens, vegetable patches or the tops of sandcastles.
    • Skills: Tactile, Visual, Fine Motor, Creative.
  • Summer Bingo: Grab your sensory bingo card, and get ready for some sensory fun. Who will be the first to get a line or a full house?
    • Skills: Sound, Tactile, Visual, Taste, Smell, Movement.
  • Fruitstravaganza: Count the number of bananas, cherries, kiwis, watermelons and oranges that are scattered across the page.
    • Skills: Visual, Counting.
  • Five Summer Senses: Think about your five senses in summer and which sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and textures are your favourites (e.g. the taste of fish and chips at the seaside).
    • Skills: Sensory Thought, Introspection, Preferences.
  • Sensory Exercise: Follow our five sensory integration exercises designed to stimulate your senses, make you feel more body-confident, and boost your mood.
    • Skills: Sensory Integration, Gross Motor, Proprioceptive, Vestibular.
  • Sensory Smoothies: Treat your taste buds to a tantalisingly tasty sensory smoothie – our recipes are filled with fruits to help you reach your five a day.
    • Skills: Taste, Tactile.
  • Colour Me In: A simple seaside themed colouring page perfect for you to inspire your inner artist.
    • Skills: Fine Motor, Tactile, Visual, Creative.

Children exploring their senses in nature


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Our Top 5 Fidgets: Autism Awareness Week 2021

It’s World Autism Awareness Week, and to celebrate, we’re sharing our sensory experts’ Top 5 Fidget Picks!

Fidgeting or ‘stimming’ is a coping mechanism lots of people in the autistic community use to channel their twitches, anxiety and extra energy to help them feel calm and focused in a wide range of environments.

Like we’ve mentioned before in our Wonderful World of Fidgets blog, fidgets have become a bit of a mainstream phenomenon over the past couple of years that kids (and adults) use to keep their focus. Although in this blog, we’re going to share our top picks for fidgets perfect for those on the autism spectrum.


Our Top Five Sensory Fidgets:

1. Glow in the Dark Push Pop Fidget

Like an endless roll of bubble wrap, our Glow in the Dark Push Pop Fidget provides terrific tactile and sound stimulation. Use your fingertips to ‘pop’ the soft silicone domes, build your fine motor skills, and listen out for the rewarding ‘popping’ sound each dome makes.

What’s best is the visual stimulation that comes with this fidget; bring it into a dark room, under your duvet, or into your secret den, and watch as the fidget glows in an otherworldly green colour.


2. Rainbow Push Pop Fidget

This fidget is just like the above but better suited for dreamers, escapists and lovers of colour. It might not glow in the dark, but it sure will bring a rainbow’s inspirational magic wherever you go.


3. Tricky Fingers

For hours of fun and fine motor development, our tactile tricky fingers fidget might be just what you’re looking for.

Use the tips of your fingers to push the coloured balls into the right position to match the card’s pattern. It’s a fiddly process and takes some time to figure out which is the best way to move the balls – but once you’ve cracked it, you’ll soon be making quick time of all the sensory puzzles!


4. Fidget Cube

Flick, twist, press, slide and push – this fidget cube may be pocket-sized, but it’s filled to the brim with fidgeting potential. Take it wherever you go, build your fine motor skills, and enjoy the calming tactile stimulation.


5. Tangle Therapy

Twist, turn and tangle anxious times away with our fun therapy fidget. Bright, colourful, tactile, and easy to use, Tangle Therapy is great for building fine motor skills and relieving stress.


We wish you all a wonderful World Autism Awareness week – make sure you celebrate your uniqueness loudly and proudly!

Not found the right fidget for you? Explore our full range of sensory fidgets.

Sensory and Babies


What is Baby Sensory?

Every day babies are born into a world of stimulating sounds, colours, tastes, smells and textures – a world away from the controlled and protected environment inside mum’s tummy.

Unsurprisingly, babies can quickly feel overwhelmed by all the sensory inputs they’re suddenly exposed to, resulting in a sensory overload: a moment where your body and mind struggle to keep up with the amount of sensory inputs it’s trying to compute, leaving you feeling tired, emotional, or wanting to escape to a quieter less stimulating, comfortable space.

Did you know that sensory overloads could be a reason why a baby cries a lot during their first couple of months, as it takes time for them to adjust to their new sensory environments?

Because of this, it is a great idea for parents to try to understand their child’s sensory needs as they start their sensory journey. You’ll be able to learn more about yourself, your baby, and your relationship whilst creating a perfect sensory environment to learn, play and develop.


Discovering Sensory Preferences

It takes a couple of months for a baby to start to properly process the sensory environments they occupy. Their senses will act as a natural guide as they see, touch, smell, taste and listen to the world around them.

You might notice them starting to smile when they hear your voice or see your face, that they only fall asleep when wrapped snugly in a fluffy blanket, or that softly rocking them when they’re feeling upset can help calm them down.

You could also notice them start to get upset in a bright room, that they start crying after hearing a loud noise, or that they struggle when you try to bath them.

These are the beginnings of their sensory preferences.

Sensory preferences can show immediately, e.g. loud noise = crying, or they could take more time to show, e.g. disliking the smells of certain environments. There isn’t a rush to discover them all straight away, but becoming more aware of your baby’s sensory preferences can be a great way to regulate their mood, aid their development, and deepen the connection the two of you share.


Sensory Sensitive Children & Sensory Processing Disorder

Each child will have their own sensory preferences. But if over time you find that it takes a lot of sensory stimulation for your child to react or if it only takes the slightest stimulation to make them uncomfortable, and if it’s causing real issues with their personal and social development, then it could be worth going to see your doctor, as your child could have a sensory processing disorder.


Benefits of Sensory for Babies

  • Aid cognitive development: The more we understand our senses, the better we can understand the world around us. Making links between sights and smells or sounds and colour are great first steps in a child’s development.
  • Social Skills: Before we learn to talk, we communicate in physical ways with gestures and movement. The more we understand each other and our bodies, what we like and what we don’t like, the better we can connect to one another.
  • Motor Skills: Sensory activities also help us develop our hidden senses, like our Vestibular and Proprioceptive Senses – helping your baby become more confident and comfortable moving and exploring.
  • Connect with your child: Babies can’t tell you what’s wrong, but they can tell you when something is wrong. If they’re not hunger or time for a nappy change, their senses might be under or over-stimulated. Becoming more aware of your baby’s sensory preferences could help reduce meltdowns too.


Sensory Activities For Babies


Think of your favourite meal and imagine how amazing it felt tasting it for the first time – babies have the chance to experience this each and every day as they discover new foods, fruits and vegetables. Developing a baby’s sense of taste is a great way for them to enjoy a balanced diet as they get older, as they’ll have a wide range of foods that they’re comfortable eating.

Remember that it’s not just the taste of food, but the texture too. If you find that they struggle with lumpier, more textured foods, see if they’re more responsive to smoother, pureed foods.

Introducing your baby to new foods and textures can also boost their mood, develop their motor skills, and give them the energy they need to explore each new challenge that comes their way.

Taste Sensory Activity

A Healthy Rainbow: create a rainbow of fruit and veg and get your baby to try the different tastes and textures. Do they prefer softer fruits or crunchier vegetables?

Sensory Toys for Babies: Taste

Unicorn Animal Teether, Llama Animal Teether.



Touch is an important sense for babies. They explore the world with their hands, inquisitively grabbing for things in an attempt to learn more about them. But did you know that your child could be sensitive to certain textures?

They might prefer to wear as little clothes as possible to let their skin breathe, or they could feel the exact opposite and want to be wrapped warmly in a fluffy onesie all day.

It’s okay to be averse to some textures, but it can also be a good idea to help your baby become more comfortable with the textures they don’t like so they don’t avoid them for the rest of their life. A great way to do this is to slowly introduce them to different textures through sensory play, especially with a sensory tub!

Touch Sensory Activity

Make your own Sensory Tub: Create a sensory tub for your child to explore their sense of touch, fill it with dry or wet elements, or create a themed tub. Follow our Sensory Tub Guide to find out how to make your own.

Sensory Toys for Babies: Touch

Wonder Sensory Blocks, Soft Rubber Farm Set, Sensory Snap Beads.



Smell is one of a baby’s strongest senses. As their other senses develop, a baby will use their sense of smell to recognise people and places 1. Therefore, it’s a good idea for you to think about the smells in your home and consider how your baby may react to them.

Stick with a similar fabric conditioner so your baby can make a link between you and the clothes/materials around them. Use a lavender diffuser in their bedroom so they can connect its soothing smell to sleep and relaxation. Take them outside to discover the natural smells of the outdoors so they can connect their senses to nature!

Smell Sensory Activity

Smell Pots: Are perfect for inquisitive minds and noses; the plastic pots have holes in their lids, encouraging the exploration of our sense of smell. See which ones your baby likes or which ones they don’t like, introduce them to new smells and see how they react!

Sensory Toys for Babies: Smell

Smell Pots, Aroma Cubes (n.b. remember to use these products under close supervision).



We might consider sight one of our most important senses, but it’s actually one of the last senses that a baby will properly develop. Because of this, it’s a great idea to introduce your child to simple yet bold visual stimulations with bright colours, lights and reflections.

Black, white and red provide a great visual contrast and are perfect colours to stimulate a babies sense of vision. It’s one of the reasons why baby sensory products are designed in these simple colours.

Think about the brightness levels in spaces where your baby goes; try to incorporate as much natural light as possible. Let your child experiment with mirrors to learn more about reflections. We’ve found that a sensory mobile is a great visual gadget to distract and stimulate babies.

Visual Sensory Activity

Mood Light: Experiment with different colours, roll through the colours of the rainbow and find which colour your baby likes the most. The soft, colourful lighting is great for relaxing and distraction too. Our mood blocks are great for this sort of activity.

Sensory Toys for Babies: Visual

Mirror Buttons, Infant Mobile, Double Mirror Mat.



Sounds carry meaning, meanings that are learnt and experienced over time. For a baby, sounds are interesting empty sensory vehicles for them to discover and fill with their own meaning. Whether that’s the comforting tone of your voice, the sound of their name being repeated, or the soft song of a bird outside. Nurturing a baby’s sense of sound is important for their social, communicative and mental development.

Sound Sensory Activity

Baby and Me Playlist: A recent research report found that a baby will have a preference for the music that it will have heard when it was in the womb. So to comfort and nurture your child’s sense of sound, why don’t you create a playlist of special songs that you can share when you are together?

Sensory Toys for Babies: Sounds

Crawl & Learn Bright Light Ball, Ocean Drum, Senso Rainbow Ball.



Our proprioceptive sense is a ‘hidden sense’, one that refers to our body in a space, how comfortable we feel there. The best way to describe it is the comfortable feeling you get when you’re wrapped in your duvet in bed or how calm you feel after you’ve slipped into a warm bubble bath – situations when your full body is stimulated, typically in warm comfort.

We’ll normally stimulate our proprioceptive senses without really realising it, like swaddling your baby in a soft blanket to recreates the warm comfort of being held in your arms.

Stimulating and developing your baby’s proprioceptive senses can help them feel calmer and develop their confidence.

Proprioceptive Sensory Activity

Sensory Blanket: Create a special sensory blanket for proprioceptive stimulation. This can be any normal blanket, but we’re challenging you to personalise it, whether that’s stitching patches onto it, writing the lyrics to your favourite lullaby, or creating a special name tag for the blanket. Make it special and make it memorable.

Sensory Toys for Babies: Proprioceptive

Weighted Cat, Small Weighted Lap Pad.



The vestibular sense is liked to our balance and movement, which can have a surprising effect on our mood and development.

You might find that your baby calms down as you slowly rock them in your arms, as the soft vestibular stimulation helps them to relax. Or you could see them light up in excitement as they bounce around in a baby bouncer. The more comfortable they feel with movement, the more confident they’ll feel in themselves.

Vestibular Sensory Activity

Swing, swing: Find a suitable swing for your baby and see how they react to the soft swinging motion. Do you need to push slower or faster? And how long will it take them to figure out how to make the seat swing on its own using their bodies?

Sensory Toys for Babies: Vestibular

Rocking Bowl, Bouncing Chair, Cocoon Swing.


Baby Sensory at Home

Before you get started on your baby’s sensory journey, you should remember to always experiment cautiously and carefully. Remember that every day is an opportunity to learn more about your senses and yourself. That sensory preferences might change over time, and that it could take a while for your baby to grow into their sensory being – it’s up to you to nurture that natural process. 😊

If you’d like any more sensory advice regarding your child, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our sensory team, who’ll be more than happy to help out.