The ABC's of Sensory Play

Tactile sensory play is an important part of a preschooler's development. Not only does it help develop fine motor skills, but it has many other benefits such as helping the brain make connections, problem solving, language development, memory, logic and creativity. 

Making a sensory bin or activity doesn't have to be complicated. You can use simple objects and ingredients, literally anything you have on hand and just mix it up in a container and let your child explore. Trust me, your child will love it!

For those of you doing tot school or letter-of-the-week curriculum, or those looking for creative ideas, I have compiled a list of my favorite sensory activities for each letter of the alphabet. I hope they inspire you!

The ABC's of Sensory Play

A is for Apple: Water Beads Fall Apples Sensory Play by Little Bins for Little Hands
A is for Alphabet: Letter Search & Find Rice Sensory Bin by Little Bins for Little Hands
B is for Bubbles: Playing with Bubbles by Hands on: as we grow
B is for Bugs: Bugs and Beans Sensory Bin by Sugar Aunts
C is for Construction Site: Construction Site Sensory Play by Craftulate
C is for Cloud: Build a Cloud Sensory Play by A Little Pinch of Perfect
D is for Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Sensory Bin by Fantastic Fun and Learning

D is for Donuts: Donut Shop Sensory Play by Left Brain Craft Brain
E is for Earth: Earth Day Water Bead Play by Little Bin for Little Hands at B-Inspired Mama
F is for Farm: Old MacDonald Had a Farm Sensory Bin by Wildflower Ramblings
G is for Garden: Garden Sensory Bin by Mess for Less
H is for Hay: November Sensory Tub by Counting Coconuts
I is for Ice: Arctic Ice Sensory Play by No Time for Flash Cards
I is for Ice Cream: Play Dough Ice Cream Sensory Play by A Little Pinch of Perfect

J is for Jello: Frozen Jello Sensory Play by The Imagination Tree
K is for Kinetic Sand: Kinetic Sand Math by Left Brain Craft Brain
L is for Leaves: Fall Leaves Soup by And Next Comes L
L is for Lego: Sensory Play with Lego Bricks by Toddler Approved 
M is for Magnets: Mining for Magnets by No Time for Flash Cards
M is for Money: Money Slime by Still Playing School
N is for Nature: Nature Sensory Board by Laughing Kids Learn
O is for Ocean: Super Simple Ocean Sensory Bin by Fun-a-Day! 
P is for Pirate Treasure: Pirate Treasure Playdough by One Time Through
P is for Peas: Peas Pop Sensory Bag by A Little Pinch of Perfect
Q is for Quicksand: Bubbling Quicksand Sensory Play by Paging Fun Mums
R is for Rainbow: Rainbow Soap Foam by Fun at Home with Kids

S is for Snow: How to make Pretend Snow by A Little Pinch of Perfect
S is for Slime: Sunset Slime by Left Brain Craft Brain
T is for Transportation: Car themed Sensory Bin by Buggy and Buddy
U is for Underwater: Underwater Glitter Sand by In the Playroom
V is for Very Hungry Caterpillar: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sensory Bin by Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes

W is for Watermelon: Watermelon Sensory Play by Little Bins for Little Hands
W is for Winter: Wintry Sensory Bins for Learning by One Time Through
X is for X-ray: X-ray Sensory Bin by Lil' Scholars University
Y is for Yarn: Yellow Yarn Sensory Bins by Fantastic Fun and Learning
Z is for Zoo: Zoo Sensory Box by Pink and Green Mama


Viviana is a blogging mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a kindergartner, sharing ideas and resources for early education. She specializes in unique, hands-on printable activities that are educational, fun and inspire creativity in young minds.


  1. Love this! SO many great ideas for sensory play (my daughter can never get enough!). Thanks for including our Kinetic Sand Math and Donut Shop Sensory Play.

  2. So many fabulous sensory activities!

  3. Thanks for including some of our sensory experiences Viviana! Great roundup of ideas! Best, Sue

  4. Thanks so much for including some of our activities. I LOVE this post, it turned out great! I will be using this list as a resource for sure!