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

Mystery Bags

Mystery Bags Image

As a parent, you’ll likely find yourself constantly telling your child not to touch things. However, a mystery food bag game will allow you to encourage your child to touch everything in each bag. To set up mystery bags, you’ll need a set of paper bags and a collection of items with varying textures. Items for your mystery bags could include:

  • Paperclips
  • Rice
  • Cooked pasta noodles
  • Stress balls
  • Quinoa
  • Sponges
  • Nuts
  • Cotton
  • Sand paper

Fill each bag with one of your selected mystery items and place the bags in front of your child. Ask your child to stick his/her hand into the bag without peeking in to see the contents. If your child is reluctant to reach into the bag, you can ease their level of concern by sticking your hand into the bag first.

Have your child describe the texture and then attempt to guess what they’re feeling. Once your child has guessed you can open the bag up to reveal what’s inside. You can tally the number of correct guesses to relay the score back to your child when the game is finished. To ensure your child’s safety, make sure there are no sharp edges or sticky points on any of the items placed into the bags. Mystery bags offer a fun play exercise that excites the senses.

Mystery Bags

Mystery Bags Image

As a parent, you’ll likely find yourself constantly telling your child not to touch things. However, a mystery food bag game will allow you to encourage your child to touch everything in each bag. To set up mystery bags, you’ll need a set of paper bags and a collection of items with varying textures. Items for your mystery bags could include:

  • Paperclips
  • Rice
  • Cooked pasta noodles
  • Stress balls
  • Quinoa
  • Sponges
  • Nuts
  • Cotton
  • Sand paper

Fill each bag with one of your selected mystery items and place the bags in front of your child. Ask your child to stick his/her hand into the bag without peeking in to see the contents. If your child is reluctant to reach into the bag, you can ease their level of concern by sticking your hand into the bag first.

Have your child describe the texture and then attempt to guess what they’re feeling. Once your child has guessed you can open the bag up to reveal what’s inside. You can tally the number of correct guesses to relay the score back to your child when the game is finished. To ensure your child’s safety, make sure there are no sharp edges or sticky points on any of the items placed into the bags. Mystery bags offer a fun play exercise that excites the senses.