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

Magnetic Scavenging Game

Magnetic Scavenging Game Image

A scavenger hunt is always a fun activity and you can create one using a sensory bin and a magnet. You’ll need a magnet, a large plastic bin, sensory material to fill the bin with (quinoa, rice, pasta, etc.,) a magnet, and metallic objects like a paperclip to create a sensory scavenger hunt.

Start by filling the bin with the sensory material of your choosing. From there you can bury your metallic objects in with your sensory materials. Place the bin in front of your child and hand him/her the magnet. Ask your child to use the magnet to find the hidden objects. In addition to playing with the sensory material, your child will enjoy waving the magnet over parts of the bin as the metallic items emerge.

To add an additional layer of difficulty, you can time your child to see how fast they can collect all of the hidden metal items with the magnet. Turning the scavenger hunt into a high score game is a great way to ensure the game stays fun after multiple playthroughs.

Magnetic Scavenging Game

Magnetic Scavenging Game Image

A scavenger hunt is always a fun activity and you can create one using a sensory bin and a magnet. You’ll need a magnet, a large plastic bin, sensory material to fill the bin with (quinoa, rice, pasta, etc.,) a magnet, and metallic objects like a paperclip to create a sensory scavenger hunt.

Start by filling the bin with the sensory material of your choosing. From there you can bury your metallic objects in with your sensory materials. Place the bin in front of your child and hand him/her the magnet. Ask your child to use the magnet to find the hidden objects. In addition to playing with the sensory material, your child will enjoy waving the magnet over parts of the bin as the metallic items emerge.

To add an additional layer of difficulty, you can time your child to see how fast they can collect all of the hidden metal items with the magnet. Turning the scavenger hunt into a high score game is a great way to ensure the game stays fun after multiple playthroughs.