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

Tunnel Crawl

Tunnel Crawl Image

Crawling is an important development skill and tunnels can help to encourage crawling. To create a tunnel crawl game, you’ll need a tunnel, a collection of toys (balls, duplo bricks, etc.), a bowl, and an empty baby wipes container.

Begin by placing the empty baby wipes container on one side of the tunnel and a bowl full of toys on the other side of the tunnel. If you don’t have a tunnel, you can buy one for under $10, or create your own by cutting and joining two circular collapsible hampers.  The goal of the game will be to take the toys from the bowl, crawl through the tunnel and place them into empty baby wipes container.

To help your child understand the game, you can demonstrate it first. Make sure the toys are big enough that they can’t be swallowed while still being small enough to fit in the baby wipes container.

Crawling back and forth through the tunnel will help develop your baby’s vestibular, proprioception, and motor skills. Once all of the toys have been placed in the container, you can empty the container back into the bowl and start the game all over again.

Tunnel Crawl

Tunnel Crawl Image

Crawling is an important development skill and tunnels can help to encourage crawling. To create a tunnel crawl game, you’ll need a tunnel, a collection of toys (balls, duplo bricks, etc.), a bowl, and an empty baby wipes container.

Begin by placing the empty baby wipes container on one side of the tunnel and a bowl full of toys on the other side of the tunnel. If you don’t have a tunnel, you can buy one for under $10, or create your own by cutting and joining two circular collapsible hampers.  The goal of the game will be to take the toys from the bowl, crawl through the tunnel and place them into empty baby wipes container.

To help your child understand the game, you can demonstrate it first. Make sure the toys are big enough that they can’t be swallowed while still being small enough to fit in the baby wipes container.

Crawling back and forth through the tunnel will help develop your baby’s vestibular, proprioception, and motor skills. Once all of the toys have been placed in the container, you can empty the container back into the bowl and start the game all over again.