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Montessori Activities: Spices Sensory Tray


Prep time: 2 minutes

Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Estimated Cost: Free

Mess level: Medium

What you need:

  • Tray

  • Spices


  • Assembled a tray of spices for your little one to explore.

  • Try spices that don’t have sharp flavors (like peppers), since we opened and smelled and touched some of them.

  • Depending on your time/space/mess levels you can keep the spices in the bottles and just open lids one by one or you can open and place on a tray as per above.


This activity develops senses of smell, touch, taste, hearing, helps them understand rhythm and it’s a great sensory awareness training.

Ways to adapt:

  • Encourage your little one to shake the spice bottles - they can check the sounds that different bottles make.

  • You can also make patterns with the different spices ie the leaves. and cinnamon sticks etc.

  • You can mix the spices with yogurt to create paint and use it to paint on paper.

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