Sensory activities stimulate our 5 senses - touch, smell, sight, taste and sound. Children on the spectrum of autism may have difficulty processing everyday sensory stimulation. Sensory activities like this can offer improvement in a child's coordination, concentration and cognitive development. Oh, and let's not forget that it's a great activity that brings hours of fun for both you and your kids.
How To Make:
edible finger paint
This is one of Jake's favorite activities. We first did this during summer camp when he was little. It's messy and it's also edible. So there's no need to worry if your little one sticks their fingers in their mouths. Before you begin, make sure that your workspace is covered and protected from any splatter. Now, let's make sure that you all of the items listed below:
⦁ Small bowls or plastic cups.
⦁ Kool Aid (adds color)
⦁ An adult to supervise the process
Now that you have all the ingredients, let's begin:
1. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar into a saucepan.
2. Add 1 tablespoon of salt with the sugar
3. Then, add 1/3 cup of flour.
4. Mix in 2 cups of water and stir over medium heat until it gets thick.
5. Pour the mix into your bowls or plastic cups.
6. Add your desired Kool Aid packets to add color and stir.
7. Let the mix get cool before sticking your fingers in.
Grab a stack of paper and let the fun times begin. How did this activity work for you? Do you have any creative ideas that you'd like to share? We'd love to hear your feedback!
Marrz's Famous Troll Slime
This is an incredibly easy activity which takes only a few minutes to make. Making slime is a fun sensory activity for curious kids or sensory seeking children. It's also great sensory play for your kids as they develop their fine motor skills by kneading, stirring and measuring.
Here's everything that you'll need for this project:
⦁ tablespoon of baking soda
⦁ 2 teaspoons of contact lens saline solution
⦁ Green Food Coloring
⦁ Elmer's Glue
1. First, let's take a bowl and pour in some Elmer's Glue. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda into the bowl and stir.
2. Add a drop of green food coloring into the mixture.
3. Add a few sprinkles of glitter
4. Add 2 teaspoons of saline contact lens solution and continue stirring. The contact lens solution makes the mix sticky. Continue to knead it in your hands like dough for at least 2 minutes.
Your slime should last for about a week in an air-tight plastic container. Experiment with different colors to keep the activity exciting.
How did this activity work for you? Do you have any creative ideas that you'd like to share? We'd love to hear your feedback!
edible play dough recipe
Why spend money on play dough at the local toy store when you can just make your own? Here's another great sensory activity for the kids that sure to bring hours of fun.
Before we begin, let's make sure that you have all the ingredients:
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/4 cup of salt
- Some Cream of Tartar (3 teaspoons)
- Kool Aid Drink Mix
- 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
- Add 1 cup of flour and 1/4 of salt into a large saucepan.
- Add 1 cup of water.
- Add the Kool Aid mix for color.
- Add 3 teaspoons of Cream of Tartar.
- Then add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil and slowly stir the ingredients over medium heat.
Note: Extend the life of your play dough by storing it in an air tight plastic container.