Tips for Using Sensory Toys and Comfort Items - Life.Church Leaders

Tips for Using Sensory Toys and Comfort Items

Many of our special LifeKids deal with issues that make it hard for them to pay attention or feel relaxed in stimulating environments. They may deal with a dysregulated sensory system which could manifest as fear, physical pain, defiance, irritability, and/or discomfort from the unusual noise, movement, textures, and lighting of our rooms. Using calming sensory toys and comfort items can help bring a child out of their fight-or-flight state. They may also help a child to focus by offering their mind something relaxing to do while they listen.

What makes a good sensory toy?
Many everyday items make great sensory toys. Many toys you’ll already find inside LifeKids rooms also make wonderful sensory support toys. Pay attention to which items help the child you work with to regulate and calm, and which ones stimulate them. When you find something that works, keep it with you each weekend so it’s ready when you need it!

For some specialized items, find the Sensory Support Items Bin at your campus! Grab a drawstring bag from inside it, and fill it with a few items that will help support the child you’re serving. Here are the types of toys you’ll find in the bin and the needs they support.

FIDGET TOYS
What They Are

How to Use Them

SQUISHY TOYS
What They Are

How to Use Them

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS SUPPORT ITEMS
What They Are

How to Use Them

CHEWABLE ITEMS
What They Are

How to Use Them

OTHER ITEMS
What They Are

How to Use Them
Swing Chair

Weighted items

Manual-Visual Toys

Final Note
When you’re done working with your little buddy, bring the items you used back to the Sensory Support Items Bin. Follow the cleaning protocol at your campus. Spray non-toxic cleaner onto a paper towel and wipe down toys carefully. Rinse chewable toys as needed. Make sure toys are dry before returning to bin.