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Sensory Activities for home

Touch - tactile sense

Shaving Cream car wash

What you will need- tray or flat surface, small toy cars, items to create an obstacle course

What your child can do-

  • Squirt shaving cream onto tray or surface, drive a toy car through the shaving cream ‘car wash’
  • Drive the car in vertical or diagonal patterns or ‘write’ with it.
  • Build a car wash maze with blocks, sticks, balls. Take car over, under and around the obstacle course.
  • Drive 2 cars at once, crash cars together in a straight or diagonal pattern
  • Make a figure of 8 highway
  • Make highway ‘exit ramps’ like Mickey Mouse ears, by pushing cars in circles, in the same direction, and then opposite directions.

Rinse, dry and put away the cars

Body position - The proprioceptive sense

Bottle babies

What you will need- different sized drinks bottles with label removed, OPTIONAL- food colouring, glitter or sequins, buttons, small shells, tiny pebbles.

  • Fill bottle one-half or two-thirds full with water.
  • Make some colourful or interesting by adding the above items

What your child can do-

  • Carry the bottles on hands
  • Cradle and rock, like a baby doll, in arms
  • Tip back and forth to watch the contents shift
  • Shake
  • Push with a stick
  • Kick along while walking or running
  • Bury in sand or soil 

 

 

Seeing- Visual sense

Ball games

Any throwing and catching games using balls, beanbags, pillows, balled up socks, scarves, gloves, etc

What your child can do:

  • Practice throwing and catching a variety of the above items.
  • Count how many times they can throw/catch it before dropping it

Can they throw it up in the air and clap before catching it.

Hearing - Auditory sense

Tapping Tunes

What you will need: A pencil, or pen or cutlery, or use hands.

What your child can do:

  • Explore tapping different surfaces, cooking utensils, doors etc. listening to the different sounds they make.

The adult to sing a familiar song or nursery rhyme and ask child to tap along to the rhythm of the song.

Smelling - Olfactory sense

Taste and tell

What you will need: An assortment of food items on a plate

What your child can do:

  • Touch the food item picking it up and placing it back down again.
  • Smell the food item
  • Taste the food item

Make the activity harder by asking them to close their eyes and try and guess the food item from the taste.

Motor Planning

Mini obstacle course

What you will need- Different textured materials e.g. fluffy jumper, hard towel, plastic bag (empty), Bags or trays willed with different textured materials e.g. lentils, buttons, foam packaging, leaves etc.

Place the different materials either onto the floor or into the bags/ on the trays. Place the boxes close together

What your child can do

  • With bare feet walk over the different materials

Make it harder by placing the materials into an ‘S’ shape.

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Sensory in Chestnut Class-

To get ready for learning we use the sports hall for sensory circuit, in there we have three stages of sensory input. ALERTING, ORGANSING and CALMING.

The children have individual learning plans and Liam supports their sensory journey. 

The children that use the circuit go every morning to get ready for learning to wake up their senses.

Every day we have a sensory diet inputted into our day, the children need sensory breaks throughout the day to help them regulate and get ready for learning again. We use the tyres in our outdoor area to roll, stack and push over. This is organising skills and heavy work combined which supports our sensory needs.

The scoot boards are everyone’s favourite physical break. You can see in these pictures that we try to use our upper body strength to push along.
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