When you have a child with a sensory processing disorder or other sensory issues, you know how playtime can be a challenge sometimes. So sensory play is an excellent way to help your child have fun in a safe environment while exercising their sensory integration skills. Here are some activities you can try right now at home that are great for sensory play.
Kids just love playing with rice – scooping, pouring, and running it through their fingers. It’s a feeling unlike anything else. The sensory experience of playing with dry rice can be extremely satisfying. Buy a bag of white rice in bulk, and fill a plastic storage bin for play. Add measuring cups, kitchen utensils, and small toys. Make sure to include spoons and cups for scooping and pouring! Not only is this a fun activity, but it also improves your child’s motor skills.
This classic is a treasured memory of many people’s childhoods. And play-dough has become more popular than ever as a tool for fostering creativity and building various skills. Playing with play dough is a great way to exercise fine motor skills and can help children with tactile sensitivities. Much like a stress ball, play dough is also great for relieving anxiety because it is nice to squish and squeeze. You can also take advantage of the many colors to help younger children practice learning their colors. If your child is sensitive to the smell of play dough, then you can also find good alternatives in silly putty, non-toxic modeling clay, or an easy all-natural recipe online.
As for older children, puzzles can be a great way to help them learn to sit still and concentrate. One of the best things about puzzles is they come in many different versions and levels of difficulty. If a 200-piece puzzle is too hard, then you can find one that is 100 pieces or 50 pieces. And, in addition to being another great way to relieve anxiousness, puzzles are a fun pastime that you and your child can enjoy together. Your child can learn problem-solving skills, and it is a good hands-on activity that is not too intense for children with sensory issues.
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