We have been given the gift of time! Let's make the best use of it by filling your child's day with fun activities, that also address their sensory skills, fine motor development and learning needs.
Here at True Therapy Group, we take pride in every child mastering skills to help them develop independence and build their life skills. But we also want to ensure they are having fun while learning!
What is Sensory Play?
Sensory Play includes any activity that helps to stimulate your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing.
Sensory activities facilitate and encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, build and explore. The sensory activities help children learn to process their understanding for different sensory information helping their brain to create stronger connections and respond to sensory information.
Sensory play is a part of the natural growth and development for all children. Many children learn about their environment this way, i.e. playing in the sandbox, digging for worms, making mud pies and messy play.
Sensory play in therapy is an essential activity to help children learn to cope and manage sensory processing disorder.
Below are two easy and fun sensory activities that you can put together for your child with materials you most likely already have around the house!
Sensory Bin with Rice
How to make:
Fill a container (Tupperware or any container you have in your house) with rice.
Add in small objects for your child to find
Add in scoops or measuring cups
To make FUN coloured rice:
Zip Lock Bag
1 Cup of rice
1 tsp of rubbing alcohol or vinegar
Add 1 cup of rice to a zip lock bag
Add 10-15 drops of food colouring and rubbing alcohol
Seal bag and mix around (also a fun visual task for children)
Repeat for more colours
Lay rice on paper towel on baking sheet
Let dry 15 minutes
Add colours together and let your child mix or keep them separate
Benefits of this activity:
This particular activity can be calming for some children and gradually improve their tolerance for various textures.
Play-dough and Marbles Activity
During the activity, you can ask your child how it feels to them which helps work on their vocabulary and language skills. You can ask questions such as “Is it gooey, sticky, cold, smooth, bumpy, or squishy?”
Flatten Play-dough onto table.
Write into the Play-dough a letter
Use marbles to teach letters, let child play/trace the letter using the marbles
How to make homemade Play-dough:
2 cups flour
½ cup oil
Add the oil to the flour and mix thoroughly.
Mix food colouring with water.
Add and mix in enough of the water to make a soft dough.
For an extra kick you can add nutmeg or cinnamon, or food essences such as peppermint or lemon
Benefits of this activity:
The child is learning letter formation and recognition skills through tactile play.
We hope you enjoy these activities for learning and developing your child’s sensory skills!