For kids with sensory disorders or who need occupational therapy, the advantages of playing with this animated substance goes way beyond fun. "It is just like playing with wet sand," explains Caitlin McLaughlin, occupational therapist for Connecticut Children's Medical Center. "You can form any kind of three-dimensional shapes and those shapes maintain their form. This can be extremely therapeutic for children with tactile sensitivities and helps them tolerate touching a grainy substance." But, immersing your hands into kinetic sand isn't the only way to play.
For youngsters with tactile and noise sensitivities, playing with kinetic sand can help kids:
Playing with kinetic sand can also help focus the fun on fine motor skills and hand strength when you:
Whether or not your child has tactile therapy or sensory play needs, these ideas for cool sensory activities with kinetic sand can provide hours of indoor fun. What's your favorite way to use kinetic sand?
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