How to create a dark sensory area – tent for a baby or a toddler

I wanted to create a dark sensory area for Ava as she really enjoys the sensory room they have at a local play centre. It seemed a shame that she only gets to experience it when we go there which isn’t that often. I had a search on Amazon and found some great products which have worked really well and not only that, theyย won’t break the bank.

How to create a dark sensory area for a

Ava visits the tent multiple times each day and takes the sensory toys out of the tent to play with too. You could even re create the sensory experience without the tent in a dark room. I have put one of her cot mobiles in as it projects stars so if you have one that does that already then you won’t need to get one.

I use the toys for other themed sensory play activities which I will also be sharing.

Here are the products that I have used.


My two boys also like the tent and play in it with her or even on their own. My 4 year old particularly likes the doodle pen that comes with the tent. There is a pad inside the tent that you write on with the pen and it lights up with a green glow which he thinks it “so cool Mummy!” he uses it to practise his name. It also comes with stencils which have proved popular.

how to create a dark sensory area for a baby or a toddler

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  1. September 18, 2015 / 7:39 am

    Oooh love this going to give this a go! #PicknMix

  2. September 18, 2015 / 8:24 am

    This is a great idea. I loved doing sensory with Sylvia when she was younger. I never thought of this idea! Very cool. #PicnMix

    Angela x

  3. September 18, 2015 / 8:50 am

    Love this idea!

  4. September 18, 2015 / 9:36 am

    I have a pop up tent for Tyger in his room with various sensory toys in. It’s supposed to be for him to retreat to when he’s starting to become overloaded (he has ASD) but we haven’t really managed that yet. Hopefully, as he gets older, I’ll be able to explain it to him better.


    • MummyandMonkeys
      September 18, 2015 / 5:48 pm

      Oh yes I couldn’t remember who else had done it. Knew I had seen a post somewhere, we bought the tent back in august and I’ve been filling it up with things since then that I have seen. She loves it and so do the boys. Will pop a link for yours on to mine so people can get some more ideas x

  5. September 18, 2015 / 11:08 am

    This is brilliant! What a genius idea! I’d love to do something like this with Evie. I think there would be lots of ‘wows’. x #picknmix

  6. September 18, 2015 / 5:39 pm

    Ooh this is a lovely idea ๐Ÿ™‚ I may very well have to copy it.
    Just an FYI the pound shop sell two foil blankets for a ยฃ1 as we already have them

  7. September 18, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    Great idea! Love the dark sensory areas at the children’s centres, but never really considered doing one at home! #PicknMix

  8. September 19, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    Lovely idea and fantastic that it’s not just for Ava, love the idea of practising writing in the dark. She must be having a ball in there with all those fun toys! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  9. September 20, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    What a lovely idea! I bet Evelyn would love this too. ๐Ÿ™‚ x #PicknMix

  10. September 21, 2015 / 8:30 am

    We’ve never done sensory play but this looks great! Writing in the dark sounds like lots of fun! #PickNMix

  11. September 24, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    How cute and what a cool idea!

    Stevie x #PicknMix

  12. September 25, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    Wow danger mouse would love this! Struggling for birthday preemie ideas, this will be perf! X MMT

  13. October 22, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    Just popped back to say Thank you – we have just wrapped up the contents of our sensory birthday box for Dangermouse…including the tent, the balls, the foil blanket….I’m so excited I can’t wait to give it her. x MMT

  14. October 23, 2015 / 8:47 am

    Ohh this is lovely wish I aldis something like this when my daughter was small such a good idea. X

  15. November 6, 2015 / 12:18 am

    Ooohh this is a fab idea! darn wish i still had babies to do this with lol!

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