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

Sock Puppet Show

Sock Puppet Show Image

Your baby’s vision will develop over time so that objects become clearer at greater distances. You can help your baby improve visual focus and tracking skills by putting on a sock puppet show!

To create your puppet, you’ll need a sock large enough to fit over your hand and a set of permanent felt-tip markers. You can use a black marker to draw eyes, ears, and a nose near the toe area of the sock. You can then take a red marker to draw a tongue on the inside of the sock fold. Drawing works best on white socks, but you can still draw on socks with other colors.

With your puppet created, you can put on a show for your child. Place your baby in your lap or in an infant seat. Use the sock poppet to sing songs, tell rhymes, or conduct normal conversation. If you have the time, you can make a second puppet to have conversations from sock puppet to sock puppet.

While putting on a performance, you’ll want to keep the sock puppet a safe distance away from your baby. If your baby sucks on the puppet, some of the ink may come off. In addition to being a fun play activity, sock puppets can also come in handy when trying to get your child to sit still while changing or eating.

Sock Puppet Show

Sock Puppet Show Image

Your baby’s vision will develop over time so that objects become clearer at greater distances. You can help your baby improve visual focus and tracking skills by putting on a sock puppet show!

To create your puppet, you’ll need a sock large enough to fit over your hand and a set of permanent felt-tip markers. You can use a black marker to draw eyes, ears, and a nose near the toe area of the sock. You can then take a red marker to draw a tongue on the inside of the sock fold. Drawing works best on white socks, but you can still draw on socks with other colors.

With your puppet created, you can put on a show for your child. Place your baby in your lap or in an infant seat. Use the sock poppet to sing songs, tell rhymes, or conduct normal conversation. If you have the time, you can make a second puppet to have conversations from sock puppet to sock puppet.

While putting on a performance, you’ll want to keep the sock puppet a safe distance away from your baby. If your baby sucks on the puppet, some of the ink may come off. In addition to being a fun play activity, sock puppets can also come in handy when trying to get your child to sit still while changing or eating.