Kids Sensory Play
Tips and Ideas to improve Sensory Integration.
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Your kids will love this frozen sensory activity! 1. Place toys/friends in the bowl (We used Mr. Potato Head pieces to make this a sensory activity as well as a speech + language game too!), 2. Fill an @ezpzfun bowl with cold water, 3. Place the bowl in the freezer for 2 hours. When you remove the bowl from the freezer, bend the sides of the silicone & pop out your glacier. Kids can watch the glacier melt in the sun or slowly pour warm water over it to rescue their frozen friends!
Check out my Disneyland sensory bin I made for my older kiddos who are heading there for spring break. We have to get them ready for all the fun sensory input they will be exposed to! Do you do sensory bins with your kids? *This bin is for older kiddos since popcorn kernels are a choking risk for younger kids. #MsDawnSLP
Are you looking for a craft to keep your kids occupied for the winter break and belatedly celebrate New Year’s too? Check out our fork painting with the @ezpzfun Mini Fork that I designed! Fork sensory art is a fun twist on painting with a paintbrush. And it's a great way to get your toddlers to practice holding a fork! This craft is perfect for parents and #SLPeeps and #OTpeeps too! What crafts are you doing during the break? #MsDawnSLP
As a speech-language pathologist, I use the @InspiraSpark Hativity to help toddlers learn to talk! Hativity® comes in several colors, sizes, and two styles: a Sun Hat or a Winter Hat. The hats have six sewn-in Velcro squares, allowing a child to personalize their hats by attaching their Collection Patches. I'm using their Fall Collection, which consists of a pumpkin, candy corn, an owl, Fall leaves, a scarecrow, and a skull. Your kids will love this hat and all their different patch collections!
Sensory food play is important because it helps your toddler engage with their senses to help future learning. When sensory play is focused on food, it becomes even more stimulating because food (and mealtime) is the ultimate sensory experience! In this feeding activity, we drew a picture, placed it in a plastic sheet protector, and explored different temperatures of peas (frozen, room temperature & warm). After playing with peas and talking about them, guess who ate them? Yes!
Bubble-blowing is a great activity for lip rounding, but sometimes mama needs her hands free! One of my outdoor summer hacks is to attach your kiddo's bubble container to an outside chair, table, or post with zip ties. That way, it doesn’t tip, fall, or spill, then you can refill it all summer long! Bonus: You'll have your hands free to enjoy a glass of sangria. You're welcome. What's your fav summer "mommy drink"? #MsDawnSLP
I often give my kiddos a quick sensory break during feeding therapy. When I do, I usually choose coloring on the @ezpzfun Play Mat because it provides a lot of sensory input, and it easily holds broken crayons in the flower compartment. The short or broken crayons I offer my kiddos help them place crayons between their thumb and index finger. This movement provides carryover for feeding skills by strengthening the pincer grasp. Do you practice coloring with your kids? #MsDawnSLP
I’m so excited to share with you our newest sensory bin! I was making some macaroni and cheese for my boys the other day and I realized the pasta shapes would make such a fun sensory bin! Thankfully, I had another box so I was able to quickly put together an insect sensory bin for my children to play with.
There are 10+ rainy day kids activities that you can do with this incredible sensory bin filler. From arts and crafts to puzzles, and fine motor skills. Learn how to make your own rainbow pasta and your children will love you for it. #sensorybin #finemotor #toddler #preschool #artsandcrafts #puzzles
The easiest way to introduce new foods to a hesitant eater is to participate in sensory play. Kids tend to refuse healthy-looking foods, but it’s a bit harder to turn down creations that look and feel fun! This pic is of the @ezpzfun Mini Mat with yummy and colorful foods. The @ezpzfun Micro Mat (a micro version made for dolls or toys) also has some healthy foods for her Lego toy to eat. How cute is this?
National Sense of Smell Day is a significant day for feeding therapists like myself. To celebrate, I wanted to share a game I often play with my feeding clients. First, I have them close their eyes, and then I present different foods in bowls and have them guess what the food is only by smelling it! You can do this with older babies, toddlers, and older kids love it too! For the video, I had my husband make 3 "secret smell bowls" for me to guess what foods they were.