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

Edible Finger Paint

Edible Finger Paint Image

Looking for a messy, fun, and creative sensory play activity? Look no further! With edible paint, you can allow your child to express him/herself without any of the potential hazards that come with using actual paint.

The ingredients for edible paint are simple. You’ll need four tablespoons of cornstarch, one cup of boiling water, liquid food coloring, and cold water (on a per need basis). Start by mixing the cornstarch with just enough cold water to make a paste. Whisk in the boiling water and place the mixture on the stove at low heat. Once clear streaks are visible in the mixture, you can turn off the stove and stir to (hopefully) create a thick gooey paint. Divide your paint into smaller bowls and add food coloring to each bowl to finish creating your paints.

Sit your child in front of a sheet of paper and place the bowls of paint next to the paper. Your child can then dip his/her fingers into the bowls and draw until his/her heart is content.

You don’t have to worry about the paint being dangerous, because it is completely edible to consume. If properly stored in the fridge, the paint can last for about two weeks. You’ll just need to add a small amount of hot water to the mixture before each use.

Edible Finger Paint

Edible Finger Paint Image

Looking for a messy, fun, and creative sensory play activity? Look no further! With edible paint, you can allow your child to express him/herself without any of the potential hazards that come with using actual paint.

The ingredients for edible paint are simple. You’ll need four tablespoons of cornstarch, one cup of boiling water, liquid food coloring, and cold water (on a per need basis). Start by mixing the cornstarch with just enough cold water to make a paste. Whisk in the boiling water and place the mixture on the stove at low heat. Once clear streaks are visible in the mixture, you can turn off the stove and stir to (hopefully) create a thick gooey paint. Divide your paint into smaller bowls and add food coloring to each bowl to finish creating your paints.

Sit your child in front of a sheet of paper and place the bowls of paint next to the paper. Your child can then dip his/her fingers into the bowls and draw until his/her heart is content.

You don’t have to worry about the paint being dangerous, because it is completely edible to consume. If properly stored in the fridge, the paint can last for about two weeks. You’ll just need to add a small amount of hot water to the mixture before each use.