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

Water Wiggle

Water Wiggle Image

It’ll be some time before your baby is able to swim, but you can provide early swimming experience with water wiggles. Playing in a tub of water can be a complete sensory experience that your baby will be sure to love.

Start by filling a bathtub with warm water. Lightly pour and drizzle water over your baby, so that your child will better understand the properties of water. You can then place your baby into the water and hold him/her up tight by the tummy in a front crawl position.

Move your baby slowly back and forth as your child begins to kick and splash with joy. You’ll want to ensure your baby’s head is above the water at all times and try to avoid getting any of the splashes in his/her eyes or mouth.

You can offer multiple wiggle rides, provided there is rest time in-between each ride. Your baby is sure to love splashing and playing in the water.

Water Wiggle

Water Wiggle Image

It’ll be some time before your baby is able to swim, but you can provide early swimming experience with water wiggles. Playing in a tub of water can be a complete sensory experience that your baby will be sure to love.

Start by filling a bathtub with warm water. Lightly pour and drizzle water over your baby, so that your child will better understand the properties of water. You can then place your baby into the water and hold him/her up tight by the tummy in a front crawl position.

Move your baby slowly back and forth as your child begins to kick and splash with joy. You’ll want to ensure your baby’s head is above the water at all times and try to avoid getting any of the splashes in his/her eyes or mouth.

You can offer multiple wiggle rides, provided there is rest time in-between each ride. Your baby is sure to love splashing and playing in the water.