Sensory Play Catalog

Sensory play is crucial for a child’s development. Sensory play can help your baby develop a better sense of  vision, touch, taste, hearing, and smell. While a child with cerebral palsy or other various disabilities may experience an abnormal degree of sensory processing, sensory play is still important.

Regardless of limitation, there are plenty of play ideas you and your child can engage in together. Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers has compiled a catalog of sensory play ideas for children of varying ages and levels of ability. Browse the catalog to find fun activities that are sure to excite and captivate your baby.

Sensory-Friendly Play Ideas for Families

DIY Rainsticks

DIY Rainsticks Image

You can help your child further develop their sense of sound with instruments. You don’t have to own an instrument to play one though. You can make your own with a few everyday household materials. To make your own rainstick, you’ll need the following:

  • A cardboard tube
  • Rubber bands
  • Dried beans or rice
  • A paper bag

Start by cutting out two circles from the paper bag. The circles need to be larger than the diameter of the tube. Use one of the circles to cover an end of the cardboard tube and secure it to the tube with a rubber band. With one end covered, you can now start filling the tube with the dried rice or beans. It doesn’t take a lot of rice or beans to get a good shaking sound. Seal the unsealed end with the other paper circle and rubber band to complete your rainstick.

Once completed, the rainstick can be handed off to your child for them to shake and play with. The craft is simple enough, that you could include your child in the building process as well. At little to no cost, you’ve built your very own instrument for your child to enjoy!

DIY Rainsticks

DIY Rainsticks Image

You can help your child further develop their sense of sound with instruments. You don’t have to own an instrument to play one though. You can make your own with a few everyday household materials. To make your own rainstick, you’ll need the following:

  • A cardboard tube
  • Rubber bands
  • Dried beans or rice
  • A paper bag

Start by cutting out two circles from the paper bag. The circles need to be larger than the diameter of the tube. Use one of the circles to cover an end of the cardboard tube and secure it to the tube with a rubber band. With one end covered, you can now start filling the tube with the dried rice or beans. It doesn’t take a lot of rice or beans to get a good shaking sound. Seal the unsealed end with the other paper circle and rubber band to complete your rainstick.

Once completed, the rainstick can be handed off to your child for them to shake and play with. The craft is simple enough, that you could include your child in the building process as well. At little to no cost, you’ve built your very own instrument for your child to enjoy!