Rainbow Sensory Play for Toddlers, Babies, and Kids

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 come across amazing rainbow ideas, but my son really needed something edible to touch and to play with.  And, we came up with a great solution!!

Rainbow Sensory Play for Toddlers, Babies, and KidsAmazon links provided for you – thanks for the support

I originally saw this sensory play idea from Fun at Home with Kids about using bread crumbs for baby play.  Her genius idea led us to do a twist on rainbow toast and make this edible rainbow!

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

Rainbow Sensory Play is Safe to EatAmazon links provided for you – thanks for the support

How to Make Rainbow Sensory Play for Toddlers, Babies, and Kids

  1. 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)
  2. 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!) 
  3. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring to roughly two tablespoons of milk (do this for each color)
  4. Add the colored milk to the bread crumbs and blend 
  5. 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!)
  6. 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!!

Climbing into the rainbow bread crumbs

Sitting in the rainbow crumbsMy baby literally went into the pan – Ha!  I just love his little mouth full of rainbow crumbs..

Playing with rainbow bread crumbs

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.

About the author

Katie Joiner Katie Joiner is a happy-at-home Mom. She's got an almost 4 year-old and "oh-so close" to 1 year-old. When she's not busy saving her cats from the kids and trying to figure out what's for dinner, she can be found admiring, dreaming, and playing the day away with her family. Come over and say hi on her FB page, @Happilyevermom, or Google +.


  1. says

    What a fantastic idea!! There are so many sensory options out there but not a ton of them are edible. This is the perfect solution! Thanks for sharing :)

    • says

      Thanks so much, Amber! Yes, there are a ton of options out there. Since my son puts everything in his mouth, we had a to get creative with a fun and SAFE option for him!

  2. NeeNee says

    Love this idea! My son just turned two and still puts stuff in his mouth. (I think its to get a reaction from me). We tried oatmeal. He loved it, but it didn’t taste so good. I can’t wait to try this!!!


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