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

Hand Clap Games

Hand Clap Games Image

Hand and eye coordination takes time to develop, but you can spur the process on with a series of clapping games, many of which you’re likely already familiar with. Start by laying your baby down on a soft blanket or upright in an infant seat. There are ultimately three hand clap games you can initiate.

Whoops! Johnny!

Start by spreading your baby’s fingers wide open. Then cite the following lyrics:

Johnny (touch one of your baby’s fingertips),

Johnny (touch the next fingertip),

Johnny (touch the next fingertip),

Johnny (touch the next fingertip),

Whoops! Johnny! (Slide your finger down in-between your baby’s fingers.)

You can continue this chant, occasionally giving Johnny an accident by sliding your finger in-between your baby’s fingers.

Pat-A-Cake

You likely played pat-a-cake at some point in your childhood. Cite the following lyrics and perform the following accompanying hand motions to play:

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man, (clap your baby’s hands.)

Bake me a cake as fast as you can (repeat clapping),

Roll it (roll your baby’s hands), and pat it (pat your baby’s hands.)

Mark it with a B (draw an invisible B on your baby’s hand with your finger.)

Put it in the oven for baby and me (gently poke your baby in the stomach.)

If You’re Happy And You Know It

Yet another popular children’s game, you likely remember playing this as well. Simply repeat the following lyrics and hand motions:

If you’re happy and  you know it clap your hands (clap your baby’s hands.)

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap your baby’s hands.)

If you’re happy and you know it, then your hands will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap your baby’s hands.)

Alternating between these three clapping games will give your baby the opportunity to work on developing his/her motor skills. It’s fun to watch as your baby begins to gain control of his/her hands.

Hand Clap Games

Hand Clap Games Image

Hand and eye coordination takes time to develop, but you can spur the process on with a series of clapping games, many of which you’re likely already familiar with. Start by laying your baby down on a soft blanket or upright in an infant seat. There are ultimately three hand clap games you can initiate.

Whoops! Johnny!

Start by spreading your baby’s fingers wide open. Then cite the following lyrics:

Johnny (touch one of your baby’s fingertips),

Johnny (touch the next fingertip),

Johnny (touch the next fingertip),

Johnny (touch the next fingertip),

Whoops! Johnny! (Slide your finger down in-between your baby’s fingers.)

You can continue this chant, occasionally giving Johnny an accident by sliding your finger in-between your baby’s fingers.

Pat-A-Cake

You likely played pat-a-cake at some point in your childhood. Cite the following lyrics and perform the following accompanying hand motions to play:

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man, (clap your baby’s hands.)

Bake me a cake as fast as you can (repeat clapping),

Roll it (roll your baby’s hands), and pat it (pat your baby’s hands.)

Mark it with a B (draw an invisible B on your baby’s hand with your finger.)

Put it in the oven for baby and me (gently poke your baby in the stomach.)

If You’re Happy And You Know It

Yet another popular children’s game, you likely remember playing this as well. Simply repeat the following lyrics and hand motions:

If you’re happy and  you know it clap your hands (clap your baby’s hands.)

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap your baby’s hands.)

If you’re happy and you know it, then your hands will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap your baby’s hands.)

Alternating between these three clapping games will give your baby the opportunity to work on developing his/her motor skills. It’s fun to watch as your baby begins to gain control of his/her hands.