Getting Started with Sensory Play

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.

Why Sensory Play is so Important

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It Promotes Creativity and Imagination

Our products and resources are designed to inspire creativity and imagination in young children, helping them to explore new ideas and concepts in a fun and engaging way.

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It Develops Social and Emotional 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.

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It Enhances Physical Coordination

Creative play helps children develop their physical coordination and motor skills, such as balance, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness.

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It Supports Cognitive Development

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.

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It Engages Children of All Abilities

We believe every child deserves the chance to play and learn, regardless of their abilities. That's why our products and resources are designed to be inclusive and engaging for all children.

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It Has Therapeutic Benefits for Children with Special Needs

Sensory play can be therapeutic for children with special needs, like autism, by helping children develop their sensory processing skills and providing a calming and grounding experience.

Get your FREE 'Beginner's Guide to Sensory Play'

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!

Follow us on social media

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.

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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.

Browse our FREE PlayTRAY Inserts on Twinkl

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.

Make use of our FREE printables

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.

Looking for extra supplies?

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!

Sensory Play Activity Cards

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Conquer one of the hardest parts of sensory play: coming up with ideas! This pack of inspiring yet easy-to-do sensory play activities was created to help you support playful learning for toddlers, preschoolers, and young children at home. 

With 30 extra-large, sturdy activity cards inside, this collection is full of sensory and creative play ideas. Each with an easy recipe to follow for set-up and play. It’s like having a cookbook of play recipes ready to go whenever you want to create an invitation for fun!

The best bit? Each activity can be put together using materials and tools readily found around the home. No more holding off on the fun because you don’t have the right resources.

  • 30 sturdy activity cards
  • Each card measures 180mm x 120mm
  • Made from durable card with a matte coating
  • Contains a mix of sensory and creative play ideas 
  • An ideal addition alongside a PlayTRAY
  • Handy storage box

Customer Reviews

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Amy Smith
Great ideas

Lovely cards with inspirational ideas, clear instructions too

Thank you for your review of our Sensory Activity Cards. We love it that you've been inspired!

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Carol Shelley
Idea cards

These cards are great! Such simple ideas that keep little ones busy for ages.

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 :)

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Monika
Entertaining

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.

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Hayley North
We love it

Just great my son loves it so glad I brought it. We have made th chia seed slime, with dinosaurs his face when he saw it

Thank you for taking the time to review our Sensory Play Activity Cards. We love the chia seed slime too! So glad you are enjoying them :)

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Just follow them on Instagram

Like the other reviewer said all the ideas are the same as the ones on Instagram. I do like that they are easy to grab and clear to read but ultimately already had the activities saved as I follow them.

Thank you for taking the time to review the sensory play activity cards. Our activity cards feature a range of our most popular activities featured on social media, as well as a selection that are exclusive to this activity card pack. It's great to hear that you are finding them quick and easy to use and hopefully the additional ideas provided on the cards give you some further inspiration of how you might adapt some set ups.

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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.

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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!