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Discover fun and creative ideas to encourage play time with toys, light play, music, multi-sensory activities and tactile art. Also find seasonal holiday crafts!

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A cute little boy in a yellow T-shirt makes himself a fruit smoothie in the kitchen.

Cooking and Kitchen Play, Feeding and Eating

Easy & Nutritious Snacks for Kids To Make Themselves

Instill important values while also taking one less chore off your plate by teaching your kids to make these nutritious, easy snacks by themselves.

Sensory Bag

Play, Sensory Activities

7 DIY Mess-Free Sensory Bags

DIY mess-free sensory bags entertain little ones and encourage sensory play and exploration of their senses.

Two girls playing montessori toys.

Product Reviews, Toys

The 5 Best Montessori Toys for Toddlers (1-2 Years Old)

The Best Montessori toys for toddlers encourage the development of life skills, allowing fun simultaneously. Here’s a look at our top picks.

Excited multiethnic kids playing musical instruments near happy teacher.

Product Reviews, Toys

7 Best Musical Instruments for Kids of 2023

It’s never too early to introduce your child to music. Take a look at these interesting, innovative musical toys and instruments to spark your child’s love of music.

Glo Pals in a water sensory table.

Light Play, Sensory Activities

Glo Pals Water-Activated Light-Up Cubes for Sensory Play

Glo Pals are light-up cubes that are only activated when wet! You can play with them in a water table or in the bathtub for sensory water play.

Six blue origami birds being led by one yellow origami bird.

Tactile Arts and Crafts, Visual Impairment

Accessible Origami for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Accessible Origami provides basic text-only step-by-step instructions on how to fold popular origami figures for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Girl and mom in Superhero costume.

Play

15 Amazing Imagination Games for Toddlers

Take a step back and let your toddler entertain themselves! Sound too good to be true? Check out these fun imagination games for toddlers that will keep them busy while...

Cute little toddler girl sitting on the ground after falling at summer park.

Sensory Activities

Sensory Seeking Behavior in Children: What to Know

Is your child constantly moving, jumping, in your face, or touching things? These sensory-seeking behaviors are stressful. Learn ways you can help your child.

Strawberry smoothie in a blender.

Assistive Technology, Cooking and Kitchen Play, Special Needs

Switch-Accessible Smoothie Activity For Special Needs Kids

Switch play can include interacting with online switch activities, activating musical toys, or even controlling kitchen appliances like blenders.

Children playing in pool.

Play

9 Kiddie Pool Games to Keep You Cool This Summer

Looking to keep your kids busy outdoors this summer? These fun kiddie pool games are both fun and cool!

Mother using rattle to play with her baby.

Sensory Activities

Sensory Input: Everything a Parent Needs to Know

Your child’s challenging behaviors may have to do with their senses. Learn why they may act out and what you can do to help with fun at-home activities!

Beautiful baby bathes splashing water and laughing and mom supports daughter by hand.

Play

Unoccupied Play: Everything a Parent Needs to Know

Unoccupied play is your newborn's way of learning about the world, and you, through play. Find out everything you need to know about this stage of development.

Mom gently hugged her daughter.

Sensory Activities

Tactile Sensitivity: What Parents Need to Know

Worried your child may have tactile sensitivity? Here is all you need to know.

Many textile tilda teddy bear toys in workshop.

Toys

What to Do With Old Stuffed Animals You Don’t Want Anymore

If you’ve got old stuffed animals taking up space, don’t throw them out. Learn the best storage ideas, donating options, and how to repurpose these well-loved friends!

sensory hula hoop

Sensory Activities

13 Budget-Friendly Small Sensory Space Ideas

Small sensory spaces can be just as effective as large expensive sensory rooms, but they can fit into both your home and your budget!

Adorable cute caucasian little blond siblings children enjoy having fun together with mother painting brush and palm at home indoors.

Play

7 Fun Finger Painting Activities for Kids

Finger painting is the perfect activity for babies and younger children. You don’t need much to get started with these fun finger painting ideas for some messy fun.

Preschool baby boy is using two hands to hold clear bottle to pour water beads.

Sensory Activities

7 DIY Sensory Bottle Ideas for Calm Down Time

Sensory bottles are wonderful for calming children and giving them sensory input. Learn how to make an easy DIY sensory bottle at home!

Young kids sitting on back seat, reading book while traveling in the car.

Play

13 Fun Car Activities for Toddlers

Planning a road trip with a toddler in tow? These 13 fun car activities for toddlers will make your road trip enjoyable!

Girl with toy in airplane.

Parenting, Play

33 Fun Airplane Activities for Toddlers

If you’ll be flying with a toddler, you’ll want to be prepared. Our list of fun airplane activities for toddlers is all you need to make the flight more enjoyable.

Young boy looking at a light up toy in a dark room.

Toys, Visual Impairment

10 Cortical Visual Impairment Toys for Kids With CVI

It's important to choose toys that are relatively simple in design, as complex patterns can be overwhelming for children with CVI.

Close up shot of a baby boy having fun in a sensory group with illuminated toys.

Light Play, Product Reviews

The 5 Best Light Up Sensory Toys of 2023

Light-up sensory toys have become a popular choice for helping children calm down. With our list of the best, you’re sure to find a toy your child loves!

Ivan relaxing in his body sock.

Sensory Activities

Body Socks: 10 Fun Sensory Play Activities for Kids

Body socks are incredibly versatile and can be both calming or stimulating, depending on how you use them.

A girl on her belly on a scooter board reaches for rings.

Sensory Activities

Scooter Board Activities: 18 Sensory Play Ideas for Kids

Scooter boards provide sensory input and limitless options for play. They promote cognitive, speech, and motor development while encouraging self-regulation.

Baby sitting on a chair at home is grabbing food inside the bowl.

Sensory Activities

21 DIY Sensory Activities for Infants

We've gathered some effortless, inexpensive ways to create a variety of sensory play activities for you and your little one to enjoy.