To view parts 1 & 2 of this series you can go here:
For part 3 I will highlight a few free or low-cost ideas you can do to provide a sensory rich creative environment at home.
Searching the web is a great way to get new inspiration. All my ideas are “borrowed” from others.
A great on hand resource is “The Out of Sync Child Has Fun” by Carol Kranowitz. I consider it a must have if your child has Sensory Integration Disorder, but it is also a great resource to have on hand for typical kids.
I have a Pinterest board full of ideas. If you are a Pinner you can check the ideas out here –
All it takes is a nice day, swim suits, and some shaving cream. This is also a great activity to do in the bathtub or shower. Dollar stores carry shaving cream, so for a few $$ you have a fun sensory rich activity.
One of our kids FAVORITE things to do. We go box hunting behind furniture or electronic stores and load up on big boxes.
These boxes ended up being “space ships”, “cars” for a drive in movie in the living room, “tanks” for setting up an army fort, “beds” for playing pretend, and on and on and on. The hardest part about this activity is convincing the kids it is time to get rid of the huge boxes!
This idea came from “The Out of Sync Child Has Fun”. The “crash pad” is a great way to get some deep pressure input while doing a fun playful activity. At our house it usually ends up on as a “Daddy dog pile”, as shown above. Gather up pillows, egg crates, bean bags, cushions and get to jumping.
This is a Pinterest idea. Corn starch, water, and food coloring. I ended up putting the kids in their swim suits and let them do finger painting. I was a bit worried the food coloring would stain their clothes.
Another great Pinterest idea. Rice colored with food coloring and then used in a sensory tub. I filled it with items from the Dollar Store. It lasted a few weeks and before I knew it the kids caught frogs and started using it as a frog house…needless to say it was emptied quickly there after.
You can buy these from Amazon. They are tiny when they arrive. After you soak them in water they expand making a great filler for a sensory tub. The boys played with dump trucks and bulldozer in them. The girls filled mason jars with them and “decorated” their room.
There are MILLIONs of sensory tub ideas online. You can one around just about any theme, holiday, or interest. You can use beans, corn meal, rocks, pebbles, or rice as a base and add themed ideas to play in.
This website lists sensory ideas by the type of sensory need you want to meet. IE – tactile, sight, sound, proprioceptive, etc