Getting started with sensory and small world play can be daunting, especially when it comes to thinking up ideas of what to play, and choosing the right resources and supplies for your child's PlayTRAY. But don't worry - we're here to help! Sensory and creative play doesn't need to be complicated. That's why we've pulled together a whole range of free resources and ideas to make it easier for you to get started.
Sensory play allows children to develop their creativity and imagination through exploring open-ended materials in different ways. In small world play children invent scenarios, characters, and narratives, developing their creative thinking and storytelling skills.
Open-ended play is a great way to develop social and emotional skills, such as empathy, communication, and cooperation. Our products are designed to promote positive interactions and help children develop these important skills.
Sensory play helps children develop their physical skills such as hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity and spatial awareness.
Sensory and creative open-ended play is a great way to challenge children's minds and help them develop important cognitive skills, like problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making.
Sensory play is inclusive and can accommodate various abilities and needs. It allows siblings and friends, regardless of their individual strengths and challenges, to participate and enjoy having fun together.
Sensory play can be therapeutic for children, especially those with additional needs, like autism, by helping them develop their sensory processing skills and providing a calming and grounding experience.
A good first step is to download our FREE ‘Beginner’s Guide to Sensory Play’. It's full of DIY recipes & play ideas guaranteed to provide messy hands, huge grins, and a whole heap of developmental benefits!
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Our Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and Pinterest pages are packed with sensory, creative, and open-ended play ideas that are perfect for parents and caregivers of young children. From easy-to-make sensory bins to imaginative play activities, our social media content is designed to inspire and engage. Plus, we love to feature our followers' play-based creations, so be sure to tag us in your posts for a chance to be featured! Don't miss out on all the fun - follow @inspiremyplay on social media and start exploring even more play-based ideas and inspiration.
Read Our Blog
Our blog features a wide range of articles and posts that are packed with activity ideas, parenting tips, and play-based resources. From sensory play activities, outdoor play ideas, to themes for play our blog covers a variety of topics that are sure to inspire your child's learning and development. Plus, our blog is updated regularly, so be sure to check back often for new ideas and inspiration. Whether you're looking for something new to try with your child or just need some parenting advice, our blog has got you covered.
We've teamed up with Twinkl to create fun and engaging inserts for the PlayTRAY. There are plenty to choose from including small world inserts, colour wheels, mark making inserts and more, and they are FREE.
We offer a wide range of printable resources that are perfect for promoting sensory, creative, and open-ended play at home. Our resources are designed to be easy to use and adaptable for different age groups and interests. All are FREE to download and use. They include some seasonal activities & crafts.
As well as play ideas and printable resources to help make the most of your PlayTRAY, we've pulled together a full list of extra equipment and supplies that you might find helpful for your sensory and creative play journey!
Thank you for your review of our Sensory Activity Cards. We love it that you've been inspired!
Thank you for taking the time to review our Sensory Play Activity Cards. We're so glad to hear your little ones are enjoying them :)
I don't know who it is more entertaining for, the kiddo playing messy or me setting it up! Thumbs up! Might get another one in the future, we'll see how it goes.
Thank you for taking the time to review our Sensory Play Activity Cards. Sounds like you are having a great time with them! We love the picture too, thank you.
Cards are a wonderful complement for the tray!!!
My granddaughter enjoy them a lot!!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review for your activity cards. We are so happy your Granddaughter loves them! :)
These are fabulous! While a lot of the activities are common ones, it takes the thinking out of the planning. My toddler has been loving all of the sensory activities that we have been creating!
Hi Anna, thank you for giving us 5 stars! Great to hear you have been enjoying getting creative :)
Why Sensory Play Matters
Sensory play is more than just a fun activity - it plays a critical role in a child's development, building the foundation for lifelong learning, creativity, and wellbeing.
Founded by an early years expert and mum who gets it
Inspire My Play is a UK-based family-run business founded by former early years teacher and mother of three, Laura Tuck, and husband, Neil. Passionate about play (and the many benefits of sensory play in early childhood), our collection of thoughtfully designed play products has been developed to make sensory & creative play accessible - for parents and educators. More inspiration, easier organisation, and lots of fun!