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Best Sensory Toys of 2022

Sensory toys can help kids with hand-eye coordination and fine and gross motor coordination.

Sensory play helps your little ones explore and learn about the world around them. It encourages the development of their five senses in a fun way.

We use our senses to engage with the world around us and, for babies and toddlers, this is magnified as they develop and have their first sensorial experiences.

Let’s take a look at what sensory toys are and our top picks for the best sensory toys on the market.

Our Top Picks

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Product Comparison Table

Product Image of the Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy, Ages 3 months +
Music On-The-Go
Baby Einstein Musical
  • Loved by moms
  • Switch between 10 total melodies
  • Volume control
Product Image of the Fat Brain Toys SpinAgain Kids Stacking Toy
Helter Skelter
Fat Brain Toys SpinAgain
  • BPA-free
  • 2016 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award
  • Set of 6 vibrant, graduated discs
Product Image of the Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball | Easy to Grasp Bumps Help Develop Motor Skills |...
Multicolored & Multi-textured
Sassy Developmental Ball
  • Multiple textures & materials
  • Gentle rattle sounds
  • Bright colors & bold patterns
Product Image of the Manhattan Toy Atom Rattle & Teether Grasping Activity Baby Toy
Easy to Hold Rattle
Manhattan Toy Atom
  • Suitable for newborns
  • Perfectly sized for baby hands
  • BPA and PVC free
Product Image of the Baby Teether Toy and Training Toothbrush: Dibly - The Dino-Sore-No-More Baby...
Delightful Dinosaur
  • Made of food-grade silicone
  • Stimulate baby's overall senses
  • Brightly colored
Product Image of the iPlay, iLearn Toddler Music Bus Toys, Baby Musical Busy Learning Toy W/ Animal...
Musical Magic
Musical Bus
  • Multifunctional
  • 8 nursery rhymes
  • Flashing lights
Product Image of the Skip Hop Bandana Buddies Baby Activity and Teething Toy with Multi-Sensory...
Entertaining Elephant
Skip Hop Baby
  • PVC-free, phthalate-free
  • Perfect for multi-sensory play
  • Textured surface bandana teething toy
Product Image of the Taggies Crinkle Me Toy, Elephant
Comforting Crinkle Square
Taggies Crinkle Me Toy
  • 6.5 x 6.5-inches
  • Machine washable
  • Colorful pattern
Product Image of the Infantino Peek & Seek Discovery Cube - Soft Development Toy, Peek-A-Boo Mirror,...
Pop Up Surprise
Infantino Discovery Cube
  • 6-sides of soft squeezable fun
  • Textured brightly colored fabric
  • Action packed discovery cube
Product Image of the Tiny Love Gymini Deluxe Infant Activity Play Mat, Into The Forest
Floor Fun
Tiny Love Gymini
  • Soft fabric and engaging textures
  • 18 developmental activities
  • Easy to store

The Best Best Sensory Toys of 2022

Here are our favorite sensory toys for babies and toddlers.

1. Baby Einstein Musical Toy

Music On-The-Go

This toy will be music to the ears of your babies and toddlers, and to moms when they find out it has volume control.

The cute caterpillar handle has brightly-colored spinning beads and is easy for babies aged 3 months and older to hold. Large buttons are easy to press, and lights moving with the rhythm attract baby’s eyes.

I like that the tunes this toy plays include Mozart, Chopin, and Vivaldi. It makes a pleasant change from nursery rhymes, and introduces the classics to your child.

2. Fat Brain Toys SpinAgain

Helter Skelter

Remember the stacking toys you played with as a kid? This one is a spin on those, literally. We might be a bit envious.

Colorful, daisy or star-shaped discs are placed on a pole that has a spiral along the outside. Kids love watching them twist their way down the pole, then removing the base and seeing them tumble off.

It helps 1-year-olds and above with hand-eye coordination. The tactile discs and movement encourage sensory play.

3. Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball

Multicolored and Multi-textured Fun

Suitable from 6 months, this ball has lots of different textures, patterns, and colors. The chunky bumps on the ball make it easy to grasp and hold. Shake it or move it from hand to hand, and hear the gentle rattle noise it makes.

We like that this ball incorporates sensory play for sight, hearing, and touch.

4. Manhattan Toy Atom Rattle

Easy to Hold Rattle

This unusually-shaped rattle has lots of small nodules at the end of the teething stems, encouraging your little one to grasp it. Rings are incorporated on the soft stems, which can be moved back and forth, developing fine motor skills. The bright colors will attract your child’s attention.

Suitable from birth, the rattle is PVC and BPA-free, so is safe for those exploring with their little mouths and hands.

5. Dino-Sore-No-More Teething Toy

Delightful Dinosaur

This adorable dinosaur teether and toy will delight babies from 3 months onwards. You can choose from three bright colors: green, cyan or orange. Apart from helping when teething, the different textures and shapes will be easy to hold and fun to explore.

The toy also comes with a 32-page book, telling the story of Dibley the Dino. This is great for some mom and baby time, reading and relaxing.

6. iPlay, iLearn Electronic Musical Bus

Musical Magic

This musical bus for babies aged 18 months and over will provide hours of fun. It features various sensory activities on just a single bus. Your child will not only surely enjoy eight melodies, but he will also learn to recognize the different colors, numbers, and even the sound of each animal.

7. Skip Hop Baby Activity Toy

Entertaining Elephant

This colorful elephant offers lots of sensory fun. It has a mirror, crinkly ears, different textures and patterns, a rattle, and a teething ring. Little ones over 3 months old will enjoy having this elephant as their playtime buddy.

A great feature about this toy is that it can be attached to a stroller for on-the-go fun without getting lost.

8. Taggies Crinkle Me Toy

Comforting Crinkle Square

This fabric square has a crinkly paper on the inside and a squeaker, with eight different tags that a baby can explore. We think it’s suitable from around 3 months old, although an age range isn’t specified.

You can choose from 12 different animals on squares, such as a cute owl or fox. Each one has a teething ring and the tags all have a different feel to them.

My little ones loved playing with tags and labels, so this is a good toy if yours does too. Best part? It’s fully machine washable, just pop it in a mesh bag.

9. Infantino Big Top Discovery Cube

Pop Up Surprise

This lovely brightly colored and textured fabric cube has some hidden surprises for your baby to discover. These include clacker rings, crinkle fabric, and a mirror. There are things like a star that baby can put in and out of a pocket, and a ball that can be popped in and out of the middle.

Infantino has covered all the bases with this toy, attaching the removable parts with a ribbon so they don’t get lost. Babies over 3 months old will find this toy engrossing.

10. Tiny Love Gymini Play Mat

Floor Fun

Activity mats are great tools to have in your arsenal of sensory toys. This one incorporates 18 different activities, including a mirror, lights, sounds, and textured fabric. It’s great for tummy time or lying and exploring toys that hang from the adjustable arches.

The mat pad is also machine washable and packs away easily for storage, plus you have four themes to choose from and three different sizes. This mat is suitable from birth.

11. Splashin'kids Inflatable Water Mat

Water Wonder

What little kid doesn’t love water play? But what mom wants to clean up the mess? This BPA-free mat gives you the best of both worlds.

Fill the outside with air and the center with water, and let your baby have tummy time playing with the delightful fish floating in the middle. The colorful seascape in the background and sea creatures on the side provide more to explore.

Constructed from heavy-duty PVC, the manufacturer guarantees this won’t leak, or you get a refund. For babies aged 3 months and over.

Since this product is filled with water, it is always best to let the water out and allow the inside to dry after playtime in order to avoid mold from growing. Parents should also supervise their children while they are playing with this toy in order to avoid your little ones using it as a teether and popping the water-filled space.

12. Infantino Textured Multi Ball Set

Bright Tactile Balls

These six brightly colored balls each have a different texture. There are bumps, ridges, nodules, and dents for baby to explore. These balls are just the right size to encourage tactile play for babies 6 months and over.

The balls are also BPA-free, making them a safe choice for your child.

13. Edushape Sensory See-Me Ball

Transparent and Textured

This 7-inch sensory ball has a knobbly texture making it easy for little ones older than 6 months to pick up. They’ll love the soft squishy rubber texture, which contracts and expands as they squeeze and pull the ball.

There are four different color options and even one that glows in the dark. Moms can rest assured, however, that the ball is phthalate-free.

14. PlanToys Roller

Simple Wooden Roller

Brightly colored wooden slats enclose a ball inside this rattle-and-roll toy. It will stimulate your baby’s vision and they’ll love the noise it makes as they roll the cylinder along the floor.

Suitable for children 6 months and over, the paints and wood are safe and sustainable. The PlanToys company has a great reputation for producing non-toxic, recyclable toys.

15. Chewbeads Silicone Baby Links

Double Duty Links

Good for babies, toddlers, and moms, these interlocking BPA-free plastic links serve more than one purpose. Kids can squish them, bend them and delight in the ribbed texture. Moms can use them to secure baby’s toys to a stroller, high chair, or shopping cart to prevent them from getting lost.

The good news is there are five of them on each set, perfect for moms and kids up to 3 years old.

16. Play-Doh

All-Time Favorite for Older Toddlers

This non-toxic modeling material has been a favorite for over 50 years. Just be careful with Play-Doh if your child has a known wheat gluten intolerance. It’s tactile and brightly colored, and inspires little artists to mold and create.

Pliable and squishy, tots older than 2 years will have hours of sensory fun with this Play-Doh set, which includes 10 small tubs in assorted colors.

17. Infantino Squeeze and Stack Blocks

Frustration-Free Blocks

Kids love to build, and these textured, multicolored blocks make it easy and fun. They slot together on their nubbed ends or sides, without even having to be lined up properly.

Babies and toddlers older than 6 months will be creating their own towers in no time. I like that these bricks allow kids to be creative while providing tactile and visual stimulus.

What Is Sensory Play?

Sensory play helps to develop your child’s five senses: touch, hearing, sight, taste, and smell. Babies and toddlers love to explore their new world and are constantly learning new things. Sensory play aids this while also being fun (1).

Some of the benefits our little ones get from sensory play include:

  • Building nerve connections in the brain.
  • Encouraging the development of fine motor skills.
  • Supporting language development.
  • Encouraging problem solving and scientific thinking.

Not only do kids benefit from sensory play, but it’s also an opportunity for you to spend some quality time with them. I find it fascinating and amazing how quickly they pick up new skills. I love to watch their little expressions when they find new things to explore.

How to Choose Sensory Toys

There’s a misconception that sensory toys are all about touch and feel, but this isn’t the case. Toys that stimulate and engage any of your child’s senses are “sensory.”

Think about each of the five senses and choose toys that captivate each one.


Look for toys that are brightly colored or have contrasting colors and designs. These will be visually interesting for your child. Also, think about things like beads within a toy, which move to catch their attention.


Different textures will encourage them to explore, whether this is with their hands or mouths. Find things that crinkle or have raised or soft textures that tiny hands can feel. Different materials will be fun for a baby or toddler to touch and discover.


This could be the noise of a rattle, different sounds, or music. Toys that have beads in them that make noise when shaken are ideal. Those that make a noise or play music when squeezed, or when buttons are pressed, will also encourage sensory play and engage your child.


Babies use their mouths to explore tastes and textures. Consider teething toys with different textures and shapes. Just make sure they’re free of all toxins and are kept clean to keep baby safe.


Toys infused with smells tend to be aimed at older children. However, even for a baby or toddler, different fabrics and materials will smell different. Vary the materials of their toys, to include things like plastics, fabric, and wood.

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Jennifer Schlette, MSN, RN

Jennifer Schlette MSN, RN, is a pediatric intensive care nurse at Children's Hospital of New York for the past 14 years. Jennifer also has extensive experience teaching Maternity and Obstetric Nursing, as well as Pediatrics Nursing.