By Carissa Tozzi and Gena Mann
Our friend, Amanda Booth reached out to us to help her shop (on Amazon!) for the playroom she was designing for 4-year-old Micah in their new home. It was important to her and her husband, Mike Quinones, to incorporate a modern design aesthetic that would fit into the style of her home and be super functional to support Micah's sensory seeking / sensory craving needs.
Children who are sensory seeking, frequently lick, bite, and mouth non-food objects. They love jumping, crashing, climbing, and moving! It is important to have a safe place at home to meet your child's sensory needs as it helps with their self-regulation, mood, physical and emotional development.
We sent Amanda a mood board via Pinterest and a shopping list via email and she and her husband Mike got to work to design a space that was perfect for Micah—and them.
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Kids Size Table And Chairs: Furniture that is sized appropriately to a child, fosters independence and makes children feel more physically secure. When your child can easily sit and get up from their chair, it empowers them to make decisions and do things for themselves.
Pretend Play Kitchen: The best toys for early speech and language development are those that create opportunities for language that is rich and meaningful in context. Look for toys, like a pretend play kitchen, that inspire children to request, show, share, role play, problem solve, ask for help and make plans.
Wall Bars: Climbing is a confidence-building and strength training activity for kids. Indoor equipment makes it easy for kids to exercise in any weather and at any time of day.
Play Mats: No matter if your child is jumping into pillows strewn on the floor, a squishy beanbag or floor cushions, the proprioceptive sensory input your child receives from safe crashing is the same! A play mat is a must-have to keep your little one safe while they play.
Sensory Swing: The swinging motion strengthens the vestibular and proprioceptive systems by teaching your child’s brain and body to work together. This sensory integration greatly improves your child’s coordination, balance, body awareness, and concentration. Swaddling gives children a sense of protection and blocks out unnecessary sensory input.
Rody/Plasma Car/Sit and Spin: These ride-on toys offer kids an opportunity to strengthen core muscles, develop gross motor coordination, and challenge balance skills, all while offering combined vestibular and proprioceptive sensory input!