Excellent sensory toys that will help your child

Sensory play is so much fun and so important. If you’re interested in a quick overview of our other senses besides the common 5 senses, check out my post More Than 5 Senses.

 Below I will share my favorite types of toys to encourage sensory play. Feel free to click on the pictures that will take you to amazon, or you can do your own search for similar items. If you have toys you love, I’d love to hear about them in the comments section! This will be a growing list, so please come back again.

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Proprioceptive and Vestibular Activities

These activities are good for body awareness, large motor skills, balance, movement, etc.

Trampolines-Whether you get a small one or a big backyard one, trampolines give so much great sensory input for kids. We had one like this in one of my pre-k classes, and it was a hit.

Roller Coaster-I love this little roller coaster, they’re great for motor planning, vestibular input, taking turns, and just having fun. 

Spooner Board-My last school had these, and they were great for indoor play. They’re good for balance and vestibular input. You can stand or sit on them. The kids had fun with these.

Exercise Ball-There’s so much you can do with an exercise ball. You can have a child sit on it and bounce, sway back and forth or side to side, play stop and go games. You can also have your child lay on their stomach and rock them forward to pick things up or do a puzzle. You can also roll the ball on top of your child to give good proprioceptive input.

Scooter Board-I have used a lot of scooter boards like these, but not this specific one. It had great rating though. I love scooter boards. They provide heavy work, proprioception, vestibular, motor planning, large motor skills, and probably more. You can do lots of different activities on them. You can do matching activities where a child has to find something on one side of the room and match it on the opposite side while using the scooter.

Razor Scooter-This scooter is great for beginners. I own this one, and it’s been great.  These are great for balance, vestibular, proprioception, and coordination.

Pod Swing-These swings are great. I’ve used ones from IKEA. These ones have good ratings on amazon, but I haven’t used these ones. Kids love swinging and it can be so regulating for kids who seek a lot of movement.

Surfing Swing-I haven’t tried this swing out, but it looks awesome! I want to try it. It looks like so much fun, and would be so great for balance, motor planning, coordination, vestibular, and proprioception. It would most likely be best for kids a little older.

Platform Swing-This swing is also on my wishlist. We have a lot of these types of swings at playgrounds, and kids love them. I had a different platform swing in a couple of my classrooms, and they are so useful for combining with academic activities, initiating, and engagement.

Slide-This is a great slide for younger kids. Slides are a great vestibular activity. They’re fun and motivating.

Balance Bikes-I have two balance bikes, the chillafish one and the strider. I definitely prefer the Strider balance bike. Biking is such a great activity from childhood to adulthood. 

Ball Pit-I haven’t tried this ball pit, but ball pits in general are great activities for kids. It’s an activity that gives good proprioceptive input. 

Lycra Swing-They don’t sell my favorite lycra swing anymore, so I found this one. Of all the swings, Lycra Swings are my favorite. They’re like getting a big hug. They give so much good sensory input for kiddos.

Balance pods-My school had some of this (probably a different brand), but they’re fun to add to obstacle courses.

Sit ‘n Spin-Do you remember these? I loved these as a kid…if I did something like this as an adult I don’t think it would be so fun. This would be great for kids who seek a lot of movement, and who may spin a lot on their own.

Climbing Tower-If you have a kid who loves to climb things they’re not supposed to, try to find something that would be a good outlet. I don’t own this one, but I just wanted to show it as an example of something you could look for. 

Hopper Ball-These were a hit for indoor recess. We probably had a different brand, but the kids had so much fun with them.

Tactile Activities

Tactile activities are great for kids who seek out a lot of tactile sensory input, but they’re also good for kids who avoid them. Don’t force your kids to play with them, but giving them exposure to different textures can be good for them.

Kinetic Sand-If you haven’t played with kinetic sand yet, it’s so fun. It’s different because the sand actually sticks to itself, so you can create different things.

Water Beads-These are fun to explore. They’re fun to watch them grow, and also to feel the different textures. In the beginning they’re just hard and dry, but then when you add water they get slippery and a little slimy. A little goes a long way. I got a much smaller package at Walmart. It makes a lot.

Pin Board-I loved these as a kid. They’re so fun to explore with and make new designs with.

Bubbles-I’ve used a lot of different kinds of bubbles, and this brand is my favorite. I think you can get them for a lot cheaper at Walmart though.

Toy Sink-These sinks are so fun because they have actual running water. My daughter loved playing with her sink. She would make a big mess, but it was just water 🙂

Play-Doh-Kids love play-doh. My students could spend all class doing play-doh if I let them. There’s so many cool play-doh toys these days. 

Tactile Matching Board-I just came across this and think it looks awesome. It’s a tactile puzzle. I would have loved to have this for some of my students.

Bristle Blocks-These are a classic, they’re so much fun to build with.

Play-doh Variety-I haven’t tried this yet, but as far as a tactile activity goes, I think this would be awesome. 

Finger Paint Sensations Kit-My friend just told me about this, they use it all the time and love it. It gives different textures to finger paints. You do have to buy the finger paints separately though. 

Finger Paints-Whatever you do, just don’t get RoseArt paint. I got some and it was so liquidy. I was pretty disappointed, especially since I bought such a big pack.

3D Paint-Another great recommendation from my friend. This would be such a fun tactile activity to be able to feel your art when you’re done.

Sensory Table-There are a lot of different sensory tables out there. This kind has been my favorite in my classroom, but it’s way more pricey. There are a lot of other good choices out there. There’s so much you can do with a sensory table though. My recommendation would be to pay attention to the height of the table because the one I bought for home is a little on the short side.

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