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 Pretend Snow

Edible Pretend Snow Image

While snow itself is technically edible, it can be fun to create a sensory experience using pretend snow with food. The best part about pretend snow is that it never melts! Your child can play with the snow for as long as he/she pleases.

Edible snow can be made with loafs of bread. You’ll need at least two loafs of bread and a food processor or blender. You’ll want to remove the crust from the loafs, leaving only the soft core. Blend the bread until it has the consistency of snow. Take a large plastic bin and spread the fake snow out in the bin.

Place your toddler in the bin and allow them to explore the snow with their hands (and probably mouths). Be warned, this is a play activity that will likely get messy. Your fake snow will probably be tossed and thrown out of the tub in all directions. However, that’s nothing a little vacuuming can’t fix. The snow will last a day if refrigerated for re-use.

Edible Pretend Snow

Edible Pretend Snow Image

While snow itself is technically edible, it can be fun to create a sensory experience using pretend snow with food. The best part about pretend snow is that it never melts! Your child can play with the snow for as long as he/she pleases.

Edible snow can be made with loafs of bread. You’ll need at least two loafs of bread and a food processor or blender. You’ll want to remove the crust from the loafs, leaving only the soft core. Blend the bread until it has the consistency of snow. Take a large plastic bin and spread the fake snow out in the bin.

Place your toddler in the bin and allow them to explore the snow with their hands (and probably mouths). Be warned, this is a play activity that will likely get messy. Your fake snow will probably be tossed and thrown out of the tub in all directions. However, that’s nothing a little vacuuming can’t fix. The snow will last a day if refrigerated for re-use.