Sensory Play for Toddlers
Jessica Glenbocki

Sensory Play for Toddlers

Sensory Play for Toddlers
Jessica Glenbocki

Sensory Play for Toddlers

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Sensory play for toddlers can be fun and yet provide benefits to your child’s development.  Hot weather and the slower summertime pace provide excellent opportunities for children to get increased sensory input and practice fine motor skills through enjoyable sensory play activities. Learning new skills may be easier without the pressures of school. Below are some fun and educational activities for your child to engage in and target their fine motor abilities and sensory system.

Sensory Play for Toddlers

  1. Play a game of eye-spy outside! You can make it more of a challenge by using clues of size, shape, or indications of purpose.
  2. Play Pictionary on the sidewalks with chalk for a tactile and visual experience.
  3. Enjoy water play.Play a game of slip-and-slide while trying to retrieve an object on the way down, providing sensory play, motor planning, and visual-motor integration skills.
  4. DIY play-doh is great for tactile play and executive functioning skills to follow a recipe.
  5. Make tactile balloons. Fill balloons with different textures (beans, beads, sand, rice, play-doh, coffee grinds, marbles, water, hair gel, corn starch, and water mix). For more fun, place balloons in a tub of water, then guess and write what is inside each one!
  6. Have a scavenger hunt either in the backyard or a park. Your child and a group of friends can find nature items, such as rocks, sticks, leaves, pinecones, etc.
  7. Play a game of edible shapes. Gather foods with distinctive shapes (ex., cheese puff balls, goldfish, marshmallows, starburst, Hershey kisses, pretzel sticks, tortilla chips). Blindfold the children playing and have them guess both the shape and the food!
  8. Create an obstacle course on a playground for motor planning, proprioceptive input, and vestibular input. For fun, please have your child draw out or write the course steps before completing them.
  9. Do Spice painting. Mix white glue with a bit of water to dilute it and add some spices (no hot spices). The activity will provide various aromas and will have different textures when dried.
  10. Visit the beach and play hangman, tic-tac-toe or write messages in the sand.

About the Author

I am an occupational therapist with 12 years of experience working with children of all ages and diagnoses. I graduated from Cleveland State University with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. After working in the field for a number of years, I obtained my certification in sensory integration. I currently work with school-based children in a virtual setting, focusing on fine motor, visual motor, self-help and sensory processing skills. I am also pursuing my Doctorate of Occupational Therapy through Shawnee State University’s on-line program. My pediatric experience includes working with children of all ages in various settings such as hospital based out-patient clinic, private out-patient clinic, early intervention, and school-based; brick and mortar and virtual schools. It is my hope to help educate and provide you with the tools to allow your child to reach their greatest potential. Treatment approaches focus on play and client/child centered interventions. My passion is helping children and families live their lives to the fullest!

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