Summary: the following blog gives brief information about the best idea to keep kids indulged. A collection of sensory play ideas and activities to do with kids and toddlers to promote learning and development. Sensory play is the type of activity that stimulates children's senses which are the different ways we perceive the world.
Keeping kids busy is a full-time job and finding fun options for kids can be even more challenging. It is a collection of ideas from parents, clinicians, and teachers on activities that they use for their kids. A great place to start is to find activities your child is interested in and build adaptations from there.
- Place a variety of toys on the tray for them to play with, rotate in different toys to change it up. Try sensory toys or toys with suction cups that stick to the tray.
- Watch their favorite TV shows or movies while standing. Some suggestions are "Sesame Street" or game shows like "The Price is Right." The excitement and sound effects attract their attention.
- Make a video of what you have recorded them doing and play it for them. For example, they might decide that their favorite show is about them. You could also do this with just an audio recorder.
- Fashion a low-tech remote control device to turn items like a computer, select Sensory activities for 1 year old what they want to view, etc., using a switch. Adaptive and single switch computer games are available.
- Bring them to the kitchen to help with cooking or other activities. Depending on what you are making and how interested your child is, you can use devices to connect to a blender, mixer, etc., and let them help you or give them their plastic bowl and spatula to mimic your actions.
- Tap into their artistic talents and let them color or draw. Some crayons are shaped so kids with special needs can quickly grab them! Or find a wide-handled paintbrush, some watercolors, and paper, then let them paint. Finger paints are great too.
- Read books while they stand. There are many great storybooks or pull-out photo albums of familiar family faces (a sure bet that this will bring out a smile).
Adding an angled table to their stander makes reading more comfortable and encourages them to keep their head up.
- Get a tray/bucket of water or sand for your child so they can play with different textures. You could also add a bubble bath or sand/water toys. Pretend that you are at the beach, sandbox, or tub.
- Play with Play-Doh. Use cookie cutters with large handles and a giant rolling pin from the kitchen; they are easier to grip.
- Roll them down the halls at school or around the house in their standing frame. They will love going for a ride and getting a change of scenery.
- Spend some quiet time playing adaptive board games or puzzles or doing flashcards. The tray on an excellent surface for these activities.
- Play music in headphones or on a boom box. Use switches to operate a boom box or other electrical items to turn the music or power on and off.
- Invite friends, family, and other kids over to visit. Maybe it is to talk or have them participate in some of the child's favorite activities too.
- Find a set of hand puppets and give them a puppet show. They will want to put on the puppets too. You could even set up a stage using a large cardboard box to make the show a real hit.
- Bring them into the gym at rehab or school or even a large room at home and play catch or shoot hoops. Mobile standers can be excellent for this.
- Give them a camera and let them take funny photos of you, the family pet, or other favorite things. It will be fun to check the best games. Of course, you could also be the photographer.
- Bake and decorate cookies; they will enjoy shaking on the sprinkles. Then, when finished, let them taste those delicious cookies on their stander tray.
- Sing to them, sing together, or even give them a microphone to sing or talk into. Standing and music go great together, so get those lungs working.
- Do different crafts like cutting and pasting or making handprints with paint. Use some household items or food, like macaroni, yarn, or buttons. Sticks work great, are less messy, and come in large, easy-to-grab sizes.
20. Have them blow bubbles; you might also blow some. They have many products such as Colors lesson plans, and bubble wands that are easy to hold on to and wave to get bubbles.