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

Slow Motion Calming Bottle

Slow Motion Calming Bottle Image

If your baby is often anxious or easily upset, you may be able to instill a sense of calm with a slow motion sensory bottle. To create this sensory bottle, you’ll need a bottle that can be completely enclosed, clear hair gel, warm water, super glue (to secure the lid), glitter, and two to three toys (legos, marbles, etc.)

To make your slow liquid solution, you’ll add one part hair gel for every six parts of warm water. Once your solution has cooled, you can add it into your bottle along with the glitter and toys. Fill the bottle up to the very top, add super glue to the top edges of the bottle, and secure the lid on top. You may want to test your solution before gluing the lid shut. If you shake the bottle and your toys don’t fall as fast as you’d like them to, you can add more water to the mixture. Likewise, you can add more hair gel if the toys fall too fast.

Your child will enjoy flipping the bottle back and forth and watching as the toys slowly sink to the bottom. The slow motion bottle can be very calming and therapeutic to play with.

Slow Motion Calming Bottle

Slow Motion Calming Bottle Image

If your baby is often anxious or easily upset, you may be able to instill a sense of calm with a slow motion sensory bottle. To create this sensory bottle, you’ll need a bottle that can be completely enclosed, clear hair gel, warm water, super glue (to secure the lid), glitter, and two to three toys (legos, marbles, etc.)

To make your slow liquid solution, you’ll add one part hair gel for every six parts of warm water. Once your solution has cooled, you can add it into your bottle along with the glitter and toys. Fill the bottle up to the very top, add super glue to the top edges of the bottle, and secure the lid on top. You may want to test your solution before gluing the lid shut. If you shake the bottle and your toys don’t fall as fast as you’d like them to, you can add more water to the mixture. Likewise, you can add more hair gel if the toys fall too fast.

Your child will enjoy flipping the bottle back and forth and watching as the toys slowly sink to the bottom. The slow motion bottle can be very calming and therapeutic to play with.