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 Playdough

Edible Playdough Image

There’s nothing wrong with store bought Play-Doh, but in using it you run the risk that your child may try to ingest it. Making your own edible playdough gives you a fun project to undertake and ensures your baby’s play time is entirely safe. There are a number of different edible playdough recipes, but the following recipe happens to be be gluten free and easy to make.

To make this playdough, you’ll need the following:

  • 1 cup of baby rice cereal
  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • Food coloring (optional)

Start by mixing the baby rice cereal and cornstarch in a mixing bowl. After the two ingredients are thoroughly mixed, you can add apple sauce and vegetable oil. Mix all of the ingredients together and begin to knead the dough.

You’ll want to knead the dough until the mixture is smooth and pliable. You can add more baby rice cereal if the mixture feels sticky. Alternatively, if the dough is dry and cracking, you can wet your hands while kneading to add more moisture. Your dough is ready for play once it’s been properly kneaded.

Sit your child down and and place the rolled dough in front of them. Allow them to explore both the texture and taste while playing. When play time is over you may be able to reuse the dough. This particular recipe can keep for several days if refrigerated properly. Check for mold or a moldy smell before reuse to ensure your child won’t be playing with anything potentially harmful. Playdough is fun, but edible playdough is even better! Enjoy the recipe with your baby.

Edible Playdough

Edible Playdough Image

There’s nothing wrong with store bought Play-Doh, but in using it you run the risk that your child may try to ingest it. Making your own edible playdough gives you a fun project to undertake and ensures your baby’s play time is entirely safe. There are a number of different edible playdough recipes, but the following recipe happens to be be gluten free and easy to make.

To make this playdough, you’ll need the following:

  • 1 cup of baby rice cereal
  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • Food coloring (optional)

Start by mixing the baby rice cereal and cornstarch in a mixing bowl. After the two ingredients are thoroughly mixed, you can add apple sauce and vegetable oil. Mix all of the ingredients together and begin to knead the dough.

You’ll want to knead the dough until the mixture is smooth and pliable. You can add more baby rice cereal if the mixture feels sticky. Alternatively, if the dough is dry and cracking, you can wet your hands while kneading to add more moisture. Your dough is ready for play once it’s been properly kneaded.

Sit your child down and and place the rolled dough in front of them. Allow them to explore both the texture and taste while playing. When play time is over you may be able to reuse the dough. This particular recipe can keep for several days if refrigerated properly. Check for mold or a moldy smell before reuse to ensure your child won’t be playing with anything potentially harmful. Playdough is fun, but edible playdough is even better! Enjoy the recipe with your baby.