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Sensory Play Ideas for Children with Disabilities

Sensory Play Ideas for Children with Disabilities

Sensory play is all about your imagination. The possibilities can be endless when you’re finding new ways to introduce sensory play time but if you’re looking for new ideas we’ve got plenty of them. Previously we’ve looked at gloops, water and ice and even homemade toys and today we’ve got some more ingenious sensory play ideas.

Frozen Finger-paints

Sensory Play Ideas: Frozen Finger Paints

Fun Finger Paints

Create frozen art with simple but effective frozen paints. This idea is perfect for summer.

You will need:

  • Small pots (yoghurt pots or similar)
  • Shaving Foam
  • Food Colouring
  • Glitter

Squirt shaving foam into each of your pots until it’s two thirds full. Add some food colours and mix well and add in your glitter last. Put the pots in the freezer. When you’re ready to play bring out the pots and let them defrost for 5 minutes or so – this makes painting easier. Use them to create fantastic art work and fun paintings.


Stretchy Slime Balls

For children who love to experience different textures and wouldn’t mind a dip in the classic children’s telly gunge. Pull it and stretch it in any direction!

You will need:

  • A bottle of glitter glue
  • 120ml of boiling water
  • Tablespoon of corn flour
  • A small amount of cold water

Mix together the flour and cold eater to make a paste. Measure 120ml of boiled water into a jug and add in the corn flour paste. Let it cool. Once cool empty he whole tube of glitter glue into a bowl and add the water. Mix with your hands (let the little ones help) until the stretchy slime feels right. Mould into a ball and if you store in a ziplock bag it will last a whole week.

Rainbow Ice Play

Sensory Play Ideas: Rainbow Ice Play

Fun Ice Moulds

A fantastic combination of touch and visual play. This sensory play idea gives you the chance to play with ice and water, with a difference.

You will need:

  • Ice cube trays
  • Poster paint or food colouring
  • PVA Glue or Flour (optional)
  • Water tray or box
  • Trabasack

Fill your ice cube tray with a few drops of paint or food colouring to brighten them up. For opaque cubes add in PVA glue or flour too. Once they’re frozen get out your Trabasack (don’t forget your non-slip waterproof mat) and pop your water tray or box on top. Simple and fun you can plop the rainbow cubes into the water and watch the colours mix. You can also choose a fun-shaped ice cube mould for make it even more fun.

Mouldable Fluff

If messy play is the name of the game then this sensory experiment will have everyone in stitches and completely covered in fluff!

You will need:

  • Large bag of corn flour
  • 200ml can of shaving foam
  • Powder Paint
  • Mixing Bowl

Empty the full bag of corn flour into the mixing bowl and mix in the shaving foam a bit at a time. This will make a rough but textures mouldable fluff. If you choose a scented shaving foam you can add another sensory element. For a bit more excitement add a tablespoon of any powder paint for a splash of colour.

Sensory Balloons

Sensory Play Ideas: Sensory Balloons

Colourful Balloons

Balloons without the bang, well some of the time at least. Balloons are a great sensory play idea as they can be filled with absolutely anything.

You will need:

  • Some coloured balloons
  • A range of fillings – rice, talcum powder, flower, water and shower gel are fun
  • A funnel

Put your balloon nozzle over the funnel and choose your first filling, then add your second and then your third. You can combine a range of filling in one balloons and mix and match in others to give a fantastic tactile sensory experience. Your shower gel and talc balloons will also be fantastically smelly.


Sensory play is always fun and the more ideas you can incorporate the better. Try out some of our new ideas and if you have any other please comment below and let us know.

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