150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids: The Very Best and Easiest Playtime Activities
Complete with dozens of ideas for babies, toddlers, and school-aged children, this book will help your family step away from your devices and step into endless afternoons of playtime fun.
Call#: TT 157 .C4984 2014
Balanced and barefoot : how unrestricted outdoor play makes for strong, confident, and capable children
This book explains why unrestrained movement and outdoor play are vital for children’s cognitive development, and offers fun, engaging activities to help ensure that kids grow into healthy, balanced, and resilient adults.
Call#: HQ 782 .H346 2016
Busy toddler, happy mom: over 280 activities to engage your toddler in small motor, gross motor, crafts, language development, and sensory play
This book has many activities to promote language development at home as well as many other skills necessary for toddlers. This book contains over 280 activities designed to stimulate a toddler’s mind and body using easy to find and inexpensive items.
Call#: GV 183 .J488 2013
Come and Play: Sensory-Integration Strategies for Children With Play Challenges
This book explores common play challenges and intervention techniques to use when you observe children struggling to play. Focusing on large motor and outdoor play activities, this book also includes background information and sensory-integration play tips from an experienced occupational therapist.
Call#: LB 1139.5 .P55C76 2010
Exciting sensory bins for curious kids : 60 easy creative play projects that boost brain development, calm anxiety and build fine motor skills
This book provides caregivers with ideas for sensory bins using materials already on hand to help develop fine motor and social emotional skills in young children.
Call#: GV 183 .W358 2020
Fun with Messy Play: Ideas and Activities for Children with Special Needs
Beckerleg describes activities that children find fun while they are improving their sensory awareness, coordination, communication, and social skills. This practical guide includes suggestions for using different types of equipment.
Call#: GV 183.6 .B396 2009
Loose Parts 2 : Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers
Infants and toddlers learn through investigating, discovering, and experimenting with their surroundings. This book provides ideas to inspire safe loose parts play with your infants and toddlers.
Call#: LB 1139.35 .P55 B45 2016
Loose Parts : Inspiring Play in Young Children
Loose parts are natural or synthetic found, bought, or upcycled materials that children can move, manipulate, control, and change within their play. Alluring and captivating, they capture children’s curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and motivate learning.
Call#: LB 1139.35 .P55 D35 2015
Loose parts for children with diverse abilities
Award-winning author and educator Miriam Beloglovsky advocates for play for play sake and invites early childhood educators and families to see children with diverse abilities’ strengths, recognize them as capable, competent and creative, and listen to their powerful voices. This book addresses the importance of play while providing appropriate accommodation to support young children with diverse abilities
Call#: LB 1139.35 .P55 B46 2022
Play to Progress: Lead Your Child to Success Using the Power of Sensory Play
This book discusses the eight sensory systems and how a child uses them, and offers easy, fun activities—as well as advice on setting up a play area—that will encourage their development so that your little one will be better able to respond to their emotions, build friendships, communicate their needs, and thrive in school.
Positioning for Play: Interactive Activities to Enhance Movement and Sensory Exploration
This book for parents and early interventionists contains a collection of reproducible sheets detailing developmentally appropriate activities that enhance the movement, motor skills, and sensory abilities of young children experiencing a developmental delay. It explains the role of physical therapists and uses family-centered, abilities-based models. This book includes theories, clinical applications, and skills for professionals to use.
Call#: WS 350.4 .D537 2010
Recipes for Play : Creative Activities for Small Hands and Big Imaginations
This book contains easy and inexpensive ideas for engaging a child’s senses. It’s a book for parents and teachers – or anyone with a child in their life – who want to encourage tactile learning but don’t want their lives to be controlled by chaos.
Sensory Adventures : A Guide to Increasing Literacy Through Sensory Play
Step inside a world of sensory fun with these thematic activities. Each activity will guide you as a parent, adult, or educator with step-by-step instructions on what supplies you need (most you can obtain around your home or classroom), a scripted message to read, adult tips, and read-alouds that tie in with each activity.
Call#: GV 183 .H2352 2020
Sensory and Motor Strategies : Practical Ways to Help Autistic Children and Young People Learn and Achieve
The simple, low-cost activities provide practical solutions to help children meet the demands of any situation, building skills from handwriting and using scissors to improving posture, co-ordination and motor planning.
Call#: LC 4717 .L38 2022
Sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers : easy projects to develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and early measurement concepts
Sensory Play for Toddlers and Preschoolers is a practical, hands-on guide for parents and educators who want to inject more play into their children’s day! Since this collection features simple sensory play ideas with items you already have in your home, playtime has never been easier.
Call#: LB 1139.35.P55 P294 2020
Simple low-cost games and activities for sensorimotor learning: a sourcebook of ideas for young children including those with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and other learning differences
This practical book is packed full of fun, low-cost games and activities that encourage the development of motor skills, coordination and sensory tolerance in young children.
Call#: LC 4026 .K87 2014
Understanding your child’s sensory signals : keep it real. keep it simple. keep it sensory : Plus sensory in a nutshell!
In this handbook, the author discusses 205 different sensory signals, each presented with a description of the different ways a child may experience the signal and with practical ideas to help all children accommodate the specific sensory input. This edition includes an extra section called :Sensory in a nutshell.”
Call#: WS 340 .V92 2015
Videos and Media
A sensory world : making sense of sensory disorders
This video offers insights about how sensory processing disorders make it difficult for many children to function at home and school. Parents and professionals will learn to recognize signs of sensory disorders and will learn practical strategies for coping with them.
Call#: WS 340 .Se595w 2010
Applying Sensory Integration Principles Where Children Live, Learn, and Play
This video examines the application of sensory integration principles in a range of natural environments such as the home and community for children with and without special needs.
Call#: WE 104 .A652dvd 2003
At Home Toddler Play Activities With Household Items
This video shares a variety of easy to put together play activities for toddlers using common household objects.
Games for Your 16 Month Baby! Helps Develop Coordination, Balance, Fine Motor Skills
Simple, fun activities using common household items to play with your 16 month baby that help to develop hand-eye coordination, balance, fine motor, and memory skills. There is a whole series of videos by Pathways with Baby Games for all different ages.
Importance of Sensory Integration
Watch this video to gain an understanding of sensory integration. This video uses animation to provide information about: the 7 senses, how individuals use sensory information, and possible signs of sensory integration issues.
Making play inclusive – Using household items
This video from the United Kingdom’s SenseCharity shares a lot of ideas for using common items you might have around your house to provide different sensory experiences and play exploration activities.
Understanding Sensory Processing
This video shares insights and need-to-know information for families, teachers, and caregivers on sensory
This group is offering educational training & informational sessions, access to modes of therapeutic Sensory Integration, ability to provide resources and an opportunity for inclusive socialization.
You’ve Got That Magic Touch: Integrating the Sense of Touch into Early Childhood Services
Young children use their sense of touch to explore and understand the world in which they live.
Illinois Early Learning Project (2013)
Playing with materials such as water can be an important outdoor experience for preschoolers. When children play with water, they can build fine- and gross-motor skills. They can also apply some basic principles of science and engineering.
Illinois Early Learning (2022)
Many young children attend experiences and events in their community. While theaters, festivals, and parties provide opportunities for learning, fun, and friendship, they can be overwhelming for some.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (2017)
This blog post discusses the importance of allowing toddlers to freely explore sensory activities that aren’t usually thought of as art, such as water, mud, nontoxic plant materials, and sand.