Summer time is wonderful for sensory seekers. Swings, sandboxes, bicycle rides, green grass for cartwheels and swimming are all great activities to enjoy. Overall my children are more regulated in the summer time when they can play outside. But when there is a rainy day or many rainy days as we’ve had this summer, I scramble to find enough activities to keep the sensory seekers happy. I finally got organized and looked for a few things that seem to always help on those days when we are mostly indoors. Hopefully this will be helpful for you too.
Rainy Day swing
is something we use daily. You can buy different attachments to it such as a trapeze bar, rings, a regular swing or a platform swing. Swinging is a great regulation tool.
is a great tool to use in a small space. Use it with the sold surface down as a wobbly surface to stand or sit on. It becomes a rocker board when flipped over. Many people recommend and love the trampoline but I find the Bosu ball to be more versatile and regulating for my little ones.
Rainbow Jelly BeadZ (Tm) are great for tactile exploration. The beads arrive dried and are hydrated with water. Place in a large bin and add containers for scooping or sorting.
Gonge Riverstones are so much fun! Set them up as part of an obstacle course, play a game of musical chair (or riverstones) or call out a color for a child to step on. They don’t take too much room indoors as they can be set up in any configuration.
The Little Gym Do-It-All-Ball is just one of the fun Little Gym exercise toys available. You can customize activities on this ball according to readiness level and kids find it fun to guess what they land on.
What are your favorite rainy day sensory activities?
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