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

Indoor Nature Playstation

Indoor Nature Playstation Image

You can bring the outdoors inside when your child is too young to wonder outside, or the weather is bad. Your child will be able to interact with the wonders of the natural world while sitting in the comfort of your home with your supervision.

Spread a blanket out on the floor and venture outside to collect outdoor items. It’s not recommended that you bring dirt or live insects into the house. Instead, focus on grabbing rocks, leaves, twigs, flowers, etc. You can spray the items off with the hose to clean them if they’re covered in dirt. If you want to make your outdoor scene look like a living environment, you can add plastic or rubber toy creatures.

Once you’ve gathered your nature materials, you can arrange them into a nature scene on the blanket. Place your toddler onto the blanket and watch as he/she begins to touch and feel the various natural items spread across the floor. It’s imperative that you supervise your child at all times. The rocks and twigs you gather should be large enough that they cant’ be swallowed. However, you still want to prevent your child from putting any of these items in his/her mouth.

Bringing nature in is a great way to expand your baby’s growing world. Best of all, cleanup may be minimal depending on what kind of items you bring in.

Indoor Nature Playstation

Indoor Nature Playstation Image

You can bring the outdoors inside when your child is too young to wonder outside, or the weather is bad. Your child will be able to interact with the wonders of the natural world while sitting in the comfort of your home with your supervision.

Spread a blanket out on the floor and venture outside to collect outdoor items. It’s not recommended that you bring dirt or live insects into the house. Instead, focus on grabbing rocks, leaves, twigs, flowers, etc. You can spray the items off with the hose to clean them if they’re covered in dirt. If you want to make your outdoor scene look like a living environment, you can add plastic or rubber toy creatures.

Once you’ve gathered your nature materials, you can arrange them into a nature scene on the blanket. Place your toddler onto the blanket and watch as he/she begins to touch and feel the various natural items spread across the floor. It’s imperative that you supervise your child at all times. The rocks and twigs you gather should be large enough that they cant’ be swallowed. However, you still want to prevent your child from putting any of these items in his/her mouth.

Bringing nature in is a great way to expand your baby’s growing world. Best of all, cleanup may be minimal depending on what kind of items you bring in.