Free Mindfulness Colouring Sheets attached for my readers at the end of this post.
Are you bored with standard Sensory Toys? Looking for more than a Squishy or Fidget Spinner? Are you looking for something a bit different? What’s in your Sensory Box? I’ll show you mine if you show me yours?
A Sensory Box is a useful, necessary tool kit for your Sensory Seeker. In previous posts I listed 5 ideas for a portable Sensory Bag.
Click to view. Sensory Bag Items
In this post i’ll be sharing what’s in E###’s Sensory BOX. This is a bigger and better toolkit to use at home. We keep ours in his Sensory Room.
First in the box is the clickable Push Bubble Sensory Toy. You may have seen the standard version. Well these are different !
These can be interlocked to form different patterns then be un clicked and rearranged. They are very therapeutic, tactile and great for development of fine motor skills.
Push Bubble Sensory Toys are designed to alleviate stress and anxiety. This toy has the advantage of providing creative play and use of imagination.
My boy particularly likes un clicking them repeatedly. He says its relaxing and he likes the sound they make.
What would be really cool? A set with loads of pieces. We found sets with only 8 inside. You could purchase two or more sets to make a collection. The more you collect the bigger, crazier designs you can make. They are available in major toy stores.
Next up, Sensory Noodles. Textured stretchy and fun. They are very tactile, visually stimulating and can be squished, squashed and stretched. Available in a variety of bright colours.
Ideal for active Sensory Seekers who need to fidget and fiddle, they also help develop fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.
E### says when he plays with the noodles he feels happy.
Available at major toy shops and online at Amazon.
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The above wooden toy was found by his Nana in a boutique style shop in Yorkshire. Thank you Nana.
The chunky puzzle is very tactile and the pieces slot together teaching counting and the alphabet. A perfect combination of fine motor skill and educational development.
Threading can also help develop fine motor skills which are needed to be able to write, draw, do up buttons and tie shoelaces. It’s also very therapeutic. Next in our Sensory Box is bright chunky threading beads and string.
The activity of threading beads can strengthen the small muscles in your Sensory Seekers hands. Developing the fine motor skills also helps with the use of pen and pencil. Threading also encourages Visual Motor Skills and imaginative play.
Beading has also been shown to help alleviate stress and anxiety and help to be present. Beading Therapy is used for Mindfulness. This is especially important with Autism as being focused in the moment develops coping mechanisms.
At the end of this post i have attached some free mindfulness colouring templates for your sensory seeker.
For those with Dyspraxia or difficulties with Fine Motor Skills threading can be challenging. My friend’s daughter has coordination issues. She suggested putting a string of long spaghetti inside some play dough and threading using Cheerios. She also said that putting tape around the ends of the threading string makes it easier for little hands that struggle.
Finally robot bugs. Have you seen these? Who wouldn’t enjoy playing with these! When switched on the rubber robotic bugs vibrate and hop around the provided obstacle course. They move really fast and also light up. I asked E### what he liked about them.
“Good, I already told you, good!”
He is currently cutting off the blood supply to his finger by tightly wrapping some string around it. Oh and he’s already dismantled one of the robotic bugs. Guess I’ll need to buy more!.
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There you have it. Our 5 ideas for an interesting and alternative Sensory Box. Thank you for reading and we hope you enjoy the colouring sheets. In my next post I will talk about the transition from primary to secondary school and the decision of SEN or Mainstream provision.
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