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Taste Safe Sensory play for Babies and Toddlers

Babies and toddlers love sensory play, but they also eat EVERYTHING. This taste safe sensory play activity for babies and toddlers offers a low stress sensory play option for parents. Find more baby play ideas.

Babies and toddlers love sensory play, but they also eat EVERYTHING. This taste safe sensory play activity for babies and toddlers offers a low stress sensory play option for parents. #babies #toddlers #sensoryplay

My inspiration for this craft came from a very popular indoor sand play table at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Acton. The table has a light underneath and is roughly the size of three serving trays. I wanted a way for my kids to have a similar experience at home, and I thought using food would be a good idea since my 10-month-old still puts everything in his mouth.

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Taste Safe Sensory Play Activity for Babies and Toddlers

Materials:

  • Serving tray.
  • Coarsely ground flour. Rice flour works well because it absorbs moisture more slowly, but I combined the rice flour with corn meal to give it more color. A really coarse grain like Scottish/Irish oatmeal works well too. NOTE: raw flours can carry salmonella. Microwave it for up to one minute (which will hopefully bring it to a temperature of 160F, but you can use a candy thermometer to check) to destroy any possible salmonella contamination.
  • Child-safe silverware for making patterns (I got place settings for six for $1.99, again at Ikea)

Edible Sensory Play Setup

Step 1: Find a tray with a short lip, but not such a high edge that it is hard for children to reach inside.

serving tray

Step 2: Add some coarsely ground flour. Coarsely ground flour is safer for kids, because it’s less likely to fly in their faces or to get coughed into their lungs. Colored rice (or plain rice) is another option.

taste safe sensory play for children

Step 3: Play!

NOTE: You can add dry beans for older children to use to make patterns. I don’t use dry beans with young children because they aren’t really safe to eat uncooked.

Beans are fun on their own for making mosaic art.

What are your favorite taste safe sensory play activities?

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MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

4 thoughts on “Taste Safe Sensory play for Babies and Toddlers”

  1. What a great idea! Two of my kids are preschoolers and we could use some fresh ideas. I look forward to hearing all your great ideas. Keep them coming.

  2. I am trying this one this afternoon…I’ll give my two year old some water in a container after a wee play with the dry flour first. Thanks

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