5 Sensory Play Activities
5 Sensory Play Activities
In this article, you will learn about 5 sensory play activities. The sensory play includes any activity that stimulates a young child’s senses of touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing, as well as anything which engages movement and balance. Sensory play is only really limited by your own imagination, with of course some common sense being used around the materials and types of play appropriate for your child’s age and ability.
The use of sensory play can assist the child with touching, smelling and playing with the texture in an environment with little expectation. As the child develops trust and understanding of this texture it helps build positive pathways in the brain to say it is safe to engage with this food.
Here are a Few Benefits of Sensory Play –
• It Helps to Build Nerve Connections in the Brain.
• It Encourages the Development of Motor Skills.
• It Supports Language Development.
• It Encourages ‘Scientific Thinking’ and Problem Solving.
• It can Involve Mindful Activities which are Beneficial for All Children.
Rainbow Slime –
There are two options for this rainbow slime recipe. 1. Make small batches, mixing the color in immediately. 2. We chose to make a huge bowl of white slime and add the color in later. Adding the color in afterward does require quite a bit of extra hand mixing.
For a Better Result:
Materials [Please note that if you want a rainbow slime, buy a store brand clear supplement with Psyllium. If you just want regular orange slime, Metamucil will work great. Clear Metamucil does not seem to work.]
• Psyllium Husk Powder
• Americolor Soft Gel Paste Food Color
• Microwave Safe Bowl
In a large (I mean really large) microwave safe bowl add 1 tablespoon of fiber supplement. Add your favorite food color and then mix in 1 cup of water. Give it a good whisk and place in the microwave for about 5 minutes. But do not walk away. The supplement will rise up, so it is very important to use a large bowl so that the concoction does not bubble up and spill over. Check after 3 minutes, if it bubbles over, pauses the microwave and then restarts it.
Coloured Hay –
Colored hay sensory bin is full of bright, fun sensory play materials. The best part about hay is its ability to be easily manipulated and colored. Yesterday we shared how to dye hay and today we’ll sculpt, roll, and stretch it in our easy to set-up sensory bin. Be sure to link-up your hay or spring sensory bins below too.
• Hay (Natural Wood Excelsior)
• Coloring Hay Recipe
• Colored Popsicle Sticks
• Colored Pipe Cleaners
• Glue (optional)
Once you’ve colored it, it’s time to play. Simply add colored popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, and or anything fun from your craft bins. With a few pipe cleaners, we’re going to sculpt the hay into beautiful butterflies and caterpillars for an easy spring craft.
There are Lots of Options for Play :
• Make Fun Animals and Insects for Spring
• Create Flowers with Popsicle Stick Stems
• Design Abstract Art
• Roll Hay into Easter Eggs
• Add Shapes or Letters
No matter how you choose to play, it’s a sensational sensory experience.
Olympic Games Summer Camp at Home –
Some great ideas for proprioception and vestibular Olympic games ideas include:
• Ring Toss
• Corn Hole
• Obstacle Course (with many opportunities for crawling into, over, under objects, through tunnels etc).
• Bean Bag Toss
• Modified Javelin Toss (use paper towel tubes and try to throw them into various rings on the ground at different distances)
• Balance Beam (bonus to use this in the obstacle course above!)
Frozen Dinosaur Eggs –
Playing with ice is an absolute favorite sensory and science activity for small kids to explore! We have often enjoyed freezing and thawing objects, trying to work out how to release them from the ice blocks and cooling down from the heat of the day in the process! This time we decided to make some super cool dinosaurs frozen inside ice eggs for a fun twist!
Simply pop one dinosaur inside each balloon then carefully fill the balloon with water and tie it off. Pop them in the freezer drawer, taking care not to squash them out of shape against anything so that they retain their lovely egg shapes.
Wait until they’re completely solid, then remove from the freezer and the balloon will peel away easily (you can see them starting to do that in the photo below.)
Bubble Bin –
Gather your materials. You will need a bin that holds water, some dish soap ( I have done this with baby shampoo with my son who had extremely sensitive skin as a tot), some food color, whisks, glitter( optional) and some fun cups for the glitter and later for scooping and pouring.
Start by filling your bin with water and add in the soap.
Add some food color and mix! She loved how the bubbles would froth.
Time for some glitter. First, pour it in the cup then add it in and mix some more.