My one-year-old LOVES sensory play.
Because of that, I came up with a sensory play idea that would be safe for him to eat. We’ve played baby games with sounds and activities with balloons, but my son really needed something edible to touch and to play with.
Here’s our rainbow sensory play that’s safe to eat!!
I originally saw this fantastic post about using bread crumbs for sensory play – isn’t that perfect for babies?! I’d much rather my son shovel breadcrumbs in his mouth than sand…but, maybe that’s just me!
What You Need for Rainbow Sensory Play
- 2 loaves of bread (we bought ours for $1 a loaf)
- Food coloring
- Milk (We used almond milk, but whatever you have will work)
- Food Processor
How to Make Rainbow Sensory Play for Toddlers, Babies, and Kids
- Lightly toast your bread (I bought cheap bread, so I needed it to be a little firmer so it didn’t get to squishy from the milk)
- Blend 1/6 of your bread in the food processor (okay, I’m getting technical….but, really, you just need to divide your bread so that you have equal amounts for the number of colors you are going to make!)
- Add 2-3 drops of food coloring to roughly two tablespoons of milk (do this for each color)
- Add the colored milk to the bread crumbs and blend
- Lightly toast the bread crumbs or let air dry in an open bag (For the first time ever, it’s good if the bread gets stale – woo hoo!)
- Rinse the food processor and repeat for the next color
Note: I burned one batch of bread (palm to forehead). Learn from me and carefully watch your bread as it toasts!!
7. Put the bread crumbs in a bin or in a pan. And, let the kids dive in!!
Although it looks like a mess, this kept my extremely active baby in one place and happy for an hour. I think I should have titled this miracle sensory play.
If you love family friendly activities, check out how we play with things around the house.