Five Activities For Sensory Seekers

Do you have a sensory seeking child?
If so,  they probably enjoy getting really messy. I’ve had parents ask how I can stand to let my kids play in the mud and get so dirty. I don’t want to get down and dirty like that, but my kids absolutely love it and it washes off with soap and water. You’re going from one sensory seeking activity to another. First the play and then the cleanup… as we did in backyard fun.

Children who have “sensory seeking” behavior are commonly children with nervous systems that are under-responsive to sensation (hypo-sensitive). They do not always process sensory information that is coming into the brain.  They may seek intense sensory experiences for an extended duration. They may demonstrate any or all of the following behaviors:

  • Hyper-activity, impulsivity, decreased response to pain
  • Poor body awareness – clumsiness, touching objects or others too hard or too often
  • Love for foods that are spicy, hard/crunchy, extremely cold/hot in temperature, carbonated drinks, and over-stuffing their mouth of food

Read the complete article on Sensory Integration Therapy.

1. One of the top favorites in our house is water play… the beach, pool, bath, hose.


2. Homemade playdoh, corn starch and water to make oobleck and paint with food coloring.  Making mud. All of those get their hands in on the action of mixing, pulling and slathering.

3. Trampolines. Park play, swings, monkey-bars.

4. Pushing, pulling, carrying heavy objects. Grocery cart/grocery bags, wagon, stroller.

5. Drawing in shaving cream, flour, cornmeal, sand, finger paint.


What activities would you add to this list for your sensory seeking child?
Check out my Aspergers/SPD/Dyslexia board on Pinterest.