Water Play Ideas for Sensory Kids

For sensory kids, summer can be difficult. Not only is it hot and sometimes uncomfortable outside, there are also a lot of big changes with schedules and routines. This can throw things off and trigger sensory processing disorders. Luckily, there are a lot of great ways you can turn summer into a positive experience for your sensory kid, starting with water play. Keep reading to learn about how water play can be benefical for sensory kids, great products to help, and a few great ideas you can do right at home.

Why Water Play is So Beneficial

Water play is so beneficial for many areas of a child’s development. Some of them include:

Social skills.   Water play can greatly improve a child’s social skills and development by encouraging socialization, speech, and positive experiences with others. Water play is a great way to play independently, together, and encourage friendship skills.
Speech development. If you have a sensory kid who is also in SLP, water play is a great way to practice speech development right at home. Words like “splash”, “pop”, and “wow” are all fun to encourage while engaging in water play.
Time away from screens. When it is too hot outside to play, it is easy to fall into a screen time trap. While there is nothing wrong with a little screen time here or there, summer is an easy way to get sucked in too deep. Adding water play into your daily routine can help break it up, even if it is super hot outside.

Water Sensory Experiences

If your child loves sensory bins, toys, and books, they will love water play activities such as water play sensory experiences.

Some ideas for water sensory experiences are:
Sensory water bin.

If your kiddo loves sensory bins, you know how yucky they can get. Luckily, sensory water bins are the perfect summer solution for clean, easy fun. All you need to do is fill a bin of water, add in some silicone sensory toys, and have fun! You can up the game by adding in soap for fun bubbles or drop in food coloring.

Beach set ups.

Planning on visiting the beach this summer? Pack the sensory toys! The beach can be an overwhelming place, especially for a sensory kid. Our Innobaby Fish Scrub also doubles as a sand scrub to get all the sand off if its become too overstimulating.

Pool “safe space”.

Much like beaches, pools can be an overwhelming place for sensory kids, especially if it is a public one. Set up a “safe space” at the pool with a water bin and sensory toys so that your kiddo can warm up to the environment and have a place to come back to if they’re feeling overstimulated.

Innobaby Sensory Fish Toy

The SPIKE Fish is every kid's sensory sidekick!

Innobaby Silicone Fish Bath Scrub (2 - Pack) - innobaby

The unique dual texture design has one side with soft, short bristles, and the other with longer and even softer bristles to provide two different sensory experiences. The eye hole allows fish to be easily attached to carabiner, hooks and more. Finger can also be looped through hole for additional sensory feedback. Great for classroom, home, bath and more.

Innobaby Fij It Toys

Fidget toys have been clinically proven to help children with attention and anxiety issues stay focused and calm, the SPIKE Fij-it™ is mess-free, quiet, making them ideal for the classroom. Spike Fij-it™ features durable and soft spikes that provide tactile stimulation for Kinesthetic learners.

With a dual texture design, it features soft and durable silicone spikes on one side, and a smooth surface on the other. Our product testers couldn’t put them down!

Bring On the Bubbles

Who doesn’t love bubbles?

Chances are, you probably don’t!

Ever cringe a little bit when your toddler suggests bubble play? Let’s be honest, it is messy, repetitive, and requires a lot of clean-up. The Spike Sensory Bubble Blower and Solution Set is the perfect summer toy because it is:

Toddler-friendly!  This means your toddler can use it all by themselves, and learn how to do it in seconds. You don’t have to be the Wand Dip Master anymore; they are in full control! The bubble wand has been designed to ensure no blackflow of bubble solution gets in your toddlers mouth, plus it is super durable for lots of play.
Indoor friendly! If you’re having a super hot and humid day, you don’t have to be stuck inside with nothing to do. Our Spike bubble solution pops dry, is non-sticky or gooey, and leaves no residue. This means it is perfect for indoors, too!
Ideal for sensitive skin!  Spending time outside means lots of sunburns, sunscreen, pool chemicals, and more, which can be tough on a little one’s skin. Our bubble solution is made of botanical ingredients, making it ideal for kiddos with sensitive skin and can even be used during bathtime.


Spike Sensory Bubble Blower and Solution Set

If your toddler loves bubbles, but you hate the mess and constantly dipping a wand into a messy jug, you’ll love how simple, easy, and mess-free this bubble blower is! Simply pour bubble solution into the tray, dip and twirl the blower, and start blowing bubbles!

Innobaby Spike Bubble Blower Set - innobaby

  • EASY ON YOUR SKIN: These safer bubbles are made with botanical ingredients for cleaner bubble play. Say no to harsh soaps and detergents.
  • SIMPLE FOR KIDS TO USE: A uniquely designed bubble blower makes lip rounding exercises easier & more fun!
  • GREAT FOR DEVELOPMENT: It is great for speech therapy, oral and motor developmental exercises, visual tracking, and spatial awareness development.
  • FUN WITHOUT THE MESS: Oodles of long-lasting, mess-free bubbles make birthday parties, weddings & special events more memorable.

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