Doncaster Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Service

Sensory Play

Sensory play is about finding activities or even toys that interrupt your negative thoughts, feelings or behaviours. They work in a way that reconnects you to the environment that you are in. Be creative and experiment with different ideas. Use one activity or a combination of them. The aim is to find activities that connect you to use sense (sight, touch, sound, smell, taste). Some examples are:

  • Run your hands (or feet) in a box of sand or dried rice
  • Eat crunchy (ice) or chewy (toffee) foods
  • Eat strong tasting foods (mint, chilli, menthol)
  • Have a hot or cold drink or take a hot or cold shower
  • Stand outside and experience the warmth, cold, rain, wind etc
  • Play fast paced music and dance
  • Jumping on a trampoline
  • Soft fabrics or rough textures
  • Rocking (in a chair, on a gym ball, on a see-saw)
  • Use calming smells like lavender or chamomile home fragrances or bath products.
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