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?

Petit Boum blue sensory float bottle

While and Wonder Baby's First Sensory Water Mat

£23.97
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Enhance the quality of your babies tummy time activities with the While and Wonder Babies First Sensory Water Mat. The perfect high contrast tummy time water mat to enhance visual and physical development for your little one.

Design led engaging illustrations, to help with learning through play, using high contrasting shapes and images to entice and engage your baby, uniquely designed by While & Wonder.

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