Sensory play offers children lots of varied opportunities to discover the world around them and is also a lot of fun. Since everything is better with rainbows, I’ve put together a list of 35 of the best classic activities and materials for sensory play – but everything is in rainbow colours!

This rainbow sensory play list will help you learn how to dye materials into rainbow colours for sensory play, or how to use rainbow colours to make sensory activities more inviting and fun.

35 categorised rainbow sensory play activities with wet and dry sensory materials, sensory doughs, light play and moreThe featured activities are from the creative mums and teachers of the Kid Blogger Network (including a few of my own favourites from In The Playroom).

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I’ve split the materials and activities into categories so that it’s easier to find what you’re looking for. Wet and dry sensory materials are listed separately, since some children cope better with the latter. If you’re new to sensory play, or your child is wary of getting their hands to messy then these can be a gentler introduction to tactile sensory play.

In this list you will find:

  • Rainbow Sensory Bottles and Discovery Bottles
  • Rainbow Ice Play
  • Rainbow Light and Vision Play
  • Dry Rainbow Sensory Play Materials
  • Wet Rainbow Sensory Play Materials
  • Rainbow Sensory Doughs
  • Rainbow Sensory Art

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Let’s get started! Click through the links under each picture to find out more about each activity and get the full instructions on how to put these sensory activities together.

Rainbow Sensory Bottles

rainbow sensory bottles and discovery bottlesPot of Gold Rainbow Sensory Shaker

Rainbow Discovery Bottles for Babies

Rainbow Water Bead Sensory Bottles

Rainbow Discovery Bottles

Rainbow Ice Play

rainbow sensory play with iceRainbow Ice

Rainbow Ice Ball

Rainbow Light and Vision Play

rainbow light and vision sensory playRainbow Light Table Play

DIY Rainbow Vision Glasses

Dry Rainbow Sensory Play Materials

Rainbow sensory play with dry sensory play materials, better for children who don't like to get their hands too messy

Rainbow Rice

Rainbow Oats

Rainbow Rice Sensory Bags

Rainbow Tactile Sensory Bin

Scented Sensory Play with Rainbow Beans

Rainbow Chickpeas

Rainbow Salt Writing Tray

Rainbow Epsom Salts

Rainbow Coconut

Rainbow Barley

Wet Rainbow Sensory Play Materials

Rainbow sensory play. Wet materials for sensory play - foam, oobleck, slime and more - all the things that are wet or squishy or gooeyRainbow Soap Foam Bubbles Sensory Play

Rainbow Slime

Rainbow Ooobleck / Cornflour Mixture

Fizzy Rainbow Slush

Rainbow Stone Soup Water Play

Rainbow Shaving Foam

Rainbow Gelatin Sensory Tub

Rainbow Cooked Pasta 

Rainbow Sensory Doughs

rainbow sensory doughs

Rainbow Scented Cloud Dough

Rainbow Glitter Playdough

Colour matching with rainbow moon dough

Rainbow Foam Dough

Rainbow Clean Mud

Rainbow moldable sand


Rainbow Sensory Art

rainbow sensory artSensory Rainbow with Straws

Rainbow Cotton Balls

Scented Rainbow Sensory Art

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