The sensory bags are successfully used as therapeutic aids in sensory integration disturbance therapy and in development of motor skills of the child. Diversity of shapes and colours allows to perform various exercises and games developing the sense of sight, touch, coordination and even sense of balance.
The sensory bags are frequently encountered in therapists' offices, gymnasiums at school or kindergartens. The parents who were convinced about the effectiveness of the sensory bags buy them to continue the exercises proposed by the teacher at home.
The strength of the sensory bags is their diversity. They have various different textures, making them exceptionally good in stipulation of touch receptors. Children learn colours from them and develop their sense of sight. These functions are, however, not everything. Their proper use helps exercising the sense of balance, develops minor motor skills of the child and can teach recognition of basic geometrical shapes. Sensory bags have different forms (squares, rectangles, triangles, trapezoids, circles, rhombuses).
One of the proposals regarding games with children with use of sensory bags can be setting a sensory path. Walking on bags filled with various materials (e.g. rice, sand, beans) is an excellent massage for the child's feet, concurrently teaching balance.
Another well-known exercise is the attempt to catch the sensory bags with feet, moving them from one foot to another. This game is often proposed at the corrective gymnastics classes as an antidote for flatfoot and an excellent method to strengthen leg muscles and develop dexterity.
The sensory bags can also stimulate touch receptors on hands, e.g. when the child squeezes them, throws them from one hand to another, puts on the back of their hand or forearm, trying to keep them there.
Children with posture defects can exercise walking with a sensory bag placed on their head. Systematic maintenance of straight posture has an excellent impact on the health of the child's spine, prevents formation of the so-called second chin and has an impact on the beauty of child's gait.
The sensory bags are covered with:
polyamide or other slippery material,
jute or other rough material.
Materials the sensory bags are filled with include: