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

Salt Painting

Salt Painting Image

There are many different mediums you can paint with. However, painting with salt provides additional texture that will excite your child’s sense of touch. For this activity, you’ll need a sheet of paper, glue, and salt. Beware, painting with salt is a very messy activity.

Start by placing your toddler in front of the sheet of paper. Allow your baby to dip his or her hands in the glue. As your baby plays with the glue, it will begin to fall onto the paper. Your child will likely have to shake the glue off, which will create unique splatter patterns. Once your baby is done playing with the glue, you can sprinkle salt onto the paper. Your toddler will begin to play with the salt, moving it around on the paper.

You’ll want to keep a close eye on your baby during this activity to ensure no salt or glue is eaten. When the glue and salt dries, you’ll have a beautiful salt painting created by your little artist. If you’d like to get even more creative, you can use food coloring to die the salt different colors.

Salt Painting

Salt Painting Image

There are many different mediums you can paint with. However, painting with salt provides additional texture that will excite your child’s sense of touch. For this activity, you’ll need a sheet of paper, glue, and salt. Beware, painting with salt is a very messy activity.

Start by placing your toddler in front of the sheet of paper. Allow your baby to dip his or her hands in the glue. As your baby plays with the glue, it will begin to fall onto the paper. Your child will likely have to shake the glue off, which will create unique splatter patterns. Once your baby is done playing with the glue, you can sprinkle salt onto the paper. Your toddler will begin to play with the salt, moving it around on the paper.

You’ll want to keep a close eye on your baby during this activity to ensure no salt or glue is eaten. When the glue and salt dries, you’ll have a beautiful salt painting created by your little artist. If you’d like to get even more creative, you can use food coloring to die the salt different colors.