This topical guide on fun sensory activities will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.

Books

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Balanced and barefoot : how unrestricted outdoor play makes for strong, confident, and capable children
Angela Hanscom
New Harbinger Publications, 2016
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.
Also available as an eBook.
HQ 782 .H346 2016 914290390

Busy toddler, happy mom : over 280 activities to engage your toddler in small motor and gross motor activities, crafts, language development and sensory play
Gayle Jervis
CreateSpace, 2013
This book contains over 280 activities designed to stimulate a toddler’s mind and body using easy to find and inexpensive items.
GV 183 .J488 2013 868152463

Come and Play: Sensory-Integration Strategies for Children With Play Challenges
Aerial Cross
Redleaf Press, 2010
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.
LB 1139.5 .P55C76 2010 456178867

Fun with Messy Play: Ideas and Activities for Children with Special Needs
Tracey Beckerleg
Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2009
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.
GV 183.6 .B396 2009 226911629

Positioning for Play: Interactive Activities to Enhance Movement and Sensory Exploration
Rachel Diamant & Allison Whiteside
Pro-ed, 2010
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.
WS 350.4 .D537 2010 437298974

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
Lisa Kurtz
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014
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.
LC 4026 .K87 2014 866622325

Videos

Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.


Applying Sensory Integration Principles Where Children Live, Learn And Play
Paul Trautman, Narrator
30 minutes; DVD
Pediatric Therapy Network, 2003
This video focuses on the application of sensory integration principles in a variety of settings such as the home, school and community for children with and without special needs.
WE 104 .A652 2003 61256075

A sensory world : making sense of sensory disorders
93 minutes; DVD
TCU Insitute of Child Development, 2010
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.
WS 340 .Se595w 2010 844389078

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Articles

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Young Exceptional Children, 13(5), 17-27
You’ve Got That Magic Touch: Integrating the Sense of Touch into Early Childhood Services
Elaine Fogel Schneider & Philip Patterson. (2010)
Young children use their sense of touch to explore and understand the world in which they live.

Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.


Encouraging Development in Everyday Spaces (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Just-Right Sensory Play (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Say Yes to the Mess! Water Works
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. Also in Spanish and Polish.

“What’s the Harm if I Paint my Arm?”: A Toddler’s Guide to Sensory Activities in the Home
Julia Luckenbill, 2017
This NAEYC 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.

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