Studio circus pastel wooden caged baby rattles with wooden ball. 3 designs, Panda, Deer and Giraffe.
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Studio Circus Wooden Peekaboo Stacking Rocket Tower, half stacked showing the hidden Panda pilot.

Mum-approved toys and resources that make sensory play simple and fun!

Hello and welcome! I'm Dee Featherstone, the founder of the multi award-winning The Little Sensory Box. My own sensory-play journey began back in 2018 when my son, Alfie, was born.

While attending Baby Sensory classes, I could see just how much Alfie loved the activities, and I absolutely loved the one-on-one time it gave us to bond while nurturing his developing brain. I felt inspired to recreate sensory-play experiences for us at home, but really struggled to find affordable resources and easy-to-follow guidance on which sensory toys and activities would best support Alfie's development.

As a first-time mum, all I wanted was the confidence to enjoy playing with Alfie, but all I found was a whole lot of overwhelm! I felt really frustrated, so I decided to learn everything I could about developmental toys for babies and create for other parents what I was desperately seeking for me and Alfie: sensory-play expertise, simply delivered.

A baby with the 3-6 month award-winning baby's first year subscription box.
A newborn baby with the printed muslin, rattle and black and white board book from the 0-3 month baby's first year subscription box.

And so, The Little Sensory Box was born!

We’re here to help you overcome the overwhelm with a carefully curated, easy-to-navigate collection of sensory toys and activities to ignite little senses and inspire play. The truth is, playing with your baby shouldn’t feel complicated. They don’t need a mountain of toys. And you don’t need a bottomless bank account or a qualification in early-years teaching! All you really need is a few age-appropriate, open-ended resources and some guidance to get you started. Your baby will take it from there!

Making a play date with your little one is easier than you think!

Our award-winning Baby’s First Year subscription boxes are designed to give you all the sensory toys and resources you need for your baby’s first twelve months. I’ve done all the research and shopping around, so you don’t have to! (There’s already enough to think about when you have a new baby, right?).

The boxes are created as a quarterly series of four: you can join when your baby is newborn to receive all four boxes and a full year of play possibilities, or sign up to receive our sensory boxes from when your baby is aged 3-6 or 6-9 months.

Delivered straight to your door exactly when you need it, each box is tailored to your baby’s next milestones and accompanied by our downloadable Ways to Play guide, which is full of inspiration and ideas for exploring and enjoying the box contents together.

A baby during tummy time with the contents from the 0-3 baby's first year subscription box.
A baby chewing on a wooden rattle whilst looking at a red Petit Boum Float bottle from the 3-6 month baby's first year subscription box.

Open-ended sensory toys for babies and toddlers.

If you’re looking to add individual pieces to your toy collection, or you’re shopping for an older baby or toddler, our shop features a selection of sensory toys for children from birth to three years. From wooden toys and play mats to Pikler-inspired triangles, rockers and ramps, you’ll find something to engage your little one while encouraging their early-years development and inspiring imagination at every age and stage.

Shop by age to browse a selection of developmentally appropriate pieces, or navigate by product type if you know what you’re looking for. However you choose to shop, you have the complete peace of mind of knowing we only select sensory toys from the very best early-years toy brands, including Petit Boum, Rosa & Bo, Jumini Wooden Toys, Studio Circus, TickIt, Capikooa and many more. We’ve also road tested every item we stock for quality and play potential, which means they’re all baby-and-mum approved!

What's in our Baby's First Year Boxes?

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Petit Boum blue sensory float bottle
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Surprise Toy Box

£30.00
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What's in the box? What could it be?

We love surprises here at The Little Sensory Box and our Surprise Toy Boxes are just that - a complete surprise.

Your child's surprise toy box will be catered for their age and will contain a range of either wooden toys, sensory toys, development toys, books or educational resources. 

The Surprise toy box is an ideal gift for Christmas, Easter or for birthday's for your baby or toddlers.

Toddler playing with the Janod pastel wooden stacking train

Why do wooden toys make such great gifts for babies?

It’s no secret that I love wooden toys. There’s a whole section devoted to them in my sensory-play shop, and you’ll often hear me singing their praises over on Instagram (come and say hi!). 

But why do I love them so much? And why are they such perfect gifts to choose for babies and young children? Read this blog post to discover all the brilliant benefits of wooden toys.

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