Occupational Therapy: Ideas for Sensory (Messy) Play
What is messy play? Messy play is exactly that – messy! It is where you allow your child to make a controlled mess so they are able to use their senses in purposeful ways. While a “mess” is not ideal, the benefits of messy play are great and worth the minimal inconvenience.
Benefits of messy play:
-Sensory input to different textures (If your child has sensory aversions start with one of the ideas below and slowly introduce and increase engagement as child builds tolerance)
-Hand eye coordination
-Fine motor skills (finger dexterity and hand/shoulder strength)
-Gross motor skills
-Attention and creativity
Ideas for messy play:
-Finger paints -Kinetic Sand
-Shaving cream -Playdough
-Sand box -Slime
-Water table -Cooking
Need Inspiration? Check out these activities!
3 ingredient cloud dough recipe (similar to play dough)
Decorate a cake with shaving cream!