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

Javelin Toss

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Creating your own javelin throw game can make your child feel like they’re in the Olympics. However, you have no need to worry about safety. This isn’t the javelin throw from the Olympics.

To play this game, you’ll need a bucket and 4 straws. It’s best if the straws are not bendable, but you can still make the bendable straws work. Combine the straws together by squeezing the end of one straw and inserting it into the open end of the other. You may need to use tape to properly secure all of the straws together. You’ve created your javelin once all of the straws are attached.

Place the bucket several feet away from your child and ask them to try throwing the straw javelin into the bucket. As your child gets better at throwing the javelin into the bucket, you can increase the difficulty by moving the bucket further away. Straw javelin throwing is a cheap and safe way to enjoy physical activity outdoors.

Javelin Toss

Javelin Toss Image

Creating your own javelin throw game can make your child feel like they’re in the Olympics. However, you have no need to worry about safety. This isn’t the javelin throw from the Olympics.

To play this game, you’ll need a bucket and 4 straws. It’s best if the straws are not bendable, but you can still make the bendable straws work. Combine the straws together by squeezing the end of one straw and inserting it into the open end of the other. You may need to use tape to properly secure all of the straws together. You’ve created your javelin once all of the straws are attached.

Place the bucket several feet away from your child and ask them to try throwing the straw javelin into the bucket. As your child gets better at throwing the javelin into the bucket, you can increase the difficulty by moving the bucket further away. Straw javelin throwing is a cheap and safe way to enjoy physical activity outdoors.