10 of our favourite tactile toys, as approved by Ivy!! 1)Whisks are brilliant, easy to hold, can stuff them with all sorts, and they encourage gripping, fine and gross motor, problem solving and cause and effect! Love ‘em.
2) Pompoms are lightweight, easy to hold, visually appealing and when the child gets older, can be used to count, colour match and use in different environments (they are fab in water!) 3) Fake grass has to be one of the all time greats. And the best bit - they’re free from any flooring shop! These can be used in so many ways, bottom of their feet, under their hands, used in small world play (a place for a dinosaur to stomp on, or cows to graze). 4) A micro fibre cleaning cloth. Cheap and cheerful and super soft, always a winner. This one is from Tesco and is a glove, stick some google eyes on and turn it into a monster hand puppet!
5) Sequin two time snake, perfect for fine motor, visual stimulation and tactile input!
6) Coloured chiffon scarves, perfect for peek a boo, tying onto playgyms to encourage grabbing, putting 3 or 4 in the bath... list is endless!
7) Shower scrunchie, perfect for sensory seekers, encouraging fine and gross motor, gently using on skin to wake up muscles, easy to hold for those who struggle.
8 and 9) Rattles in various materials, Ivy loves her wooden bell and knitted apple! The rattles provide auditory stimulation, encourage fine motor, cause and effect and wood gives a better sensory input than plastic.
10) Space blanket! A firm favourite. So many uses, space caves, in whisks, to lie on, can be sewn into different tactile fabrics, chopped into ribbons, used in sensory bottles... provide amazing sensory feedback, easy to grab, noisy. Brill!
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