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self soothing sensory box ideas

self soothing sensory box ideas

Sight:

  • Use things that are your favorite color.
  • A wallet-sized picture of someone or something you enjoy
  • Landscapes
  • Baby animals!
  • Funny photos
  • Positive affirmations
  • flashlight
  • book
  • sunglasses
  • sensory bottles/balloons
  • mirror
  • magnifying gladd
  • colored paddles

Touch:

  • Travel-sized play dough or putty
  • Soft objects
  • Stress relief Magnets
  • Stress balls
  • Tactile beads
  • Wood, metal, etc.
  • Rubber bands
  • Rubbing stones
  • Beanbags
  • Kneading eraser
  • weighted lap pad
  • roll on big ball
  • ace bandage wrap
  • vibrator massager
  • Textured objects (soft, hard, squishy, smooth, bumpy…)
  • hand held fan
  • tear paper
  • touch and feel book
  • lotion (touch and smell)
  • set of old keys
  • old combonation lock
  • sand paper
  • sharpen pencils with electric sharpener
  • staple paper
  • feather

Taste / Oral Sensory

  • Sour, sweet or hot candies
  • Gum
  • Mints
  • A favorite snack
  • ice
  • carrots/cruncy foods
  • Chewable items like Chewelry
  • cold/wet washcloth to suck on
  • cold teethers
  • electric toothbrush or vibrator teethers
  • sucker
  • pop rock candy

Smell

  • Aromatherapy oils
  • Travel sized scented hand sanitizers
  • Lavender is quite popular, mint
  • Menthol, commonly used for soothing colds.
  • Scratch and sniff stickers
  • lavender/vanilla dryer sheets
  • scented play dough made with kool aid or secented oils (smell and touch)

Sound

  • Clickers
  • MP3 or CD  music or white notise
  • Music boxes
  • soft bells
  • baby rattle
  • head phones
  • Items that make contrasting sounds

Breathing

  • Blowing bubbles
  • straw
  • counting
  • party blow outs
  • blow up balloons
  • slide whistle, soft whistle, harmonica
  • pretend to blow out birthday candles
  • blow pom-poms on floor or table

Heavy Work

  • weighted products – water can for flowers
  • jumping – hop scotch
  • bouncing
  • rocking
  • pushing – wall (hold up wall), push of war, vaccuum, mop, wheel barrow
  • pulling – wagon, tug or war, rake leaves
  • climb
  • swinging
  • being “squished”
  • dig
  • ride bike, scooter
  • run
  • crab walk
  • hammer and nail

sensory hide out

yoga book or cards

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Self Soothing Sensory Box Ideas

 

Sight:

  • Use things that are your favorite color.
  • A wallet-sized picture of someone or something you enjoy
  • Landscapes
  • Baby animals!
  • Funny photos
  • Positive affirmations
  • flashlight
  • book
  • sunglasses
  • sensory bottles/balloons
  • mirror
Touch:
  • Travel-sized play dough or putty
  • Soft objects
  • Stress relief Magnets
  • Stress balls
  • Tactile beads
  • Wood, metal, etc.
  • Rubber bands
  • Rubbing stones
  • Beanbags
  • Kneading eraser
  • weighted lap pad
  • roll on big ball
  • ace bandage wrap
  • vibrator, massager or teether
  • electric toothbrush
  • Textured objects (soft, hard, squishy, smooth, bumpy…)
  • hand held fan
Taste
  • Sour, sweet or hot candies.
  • Gum
  • Mints
  • A favorite snack
  • ice
  • carrots/cruncy foods
  • Chewable items like Chewelry
Smell
  • Aromatherapy oils
  • Travel sized scented hand sanitizers
  • Lavender is quite popular, mint
  • Menthol, commonly used for soothing colds.
  • Scratch and sniff stickers
Sound
  • Clickers
  • MP3 or CD  music or white notise
  • Music boxes
  • soft bells
  • baby rattle
  • head phones
  • Items that make contrasting sounds
Breathing
  • Blowing bubbles
  • straw
  • counting
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Self Checking Addition

I made these self correction addition pie for the preschool age.  One side has the addition problems and you clip on the clothes pin with the answer.  When you turn the pie over, if your answer is correct the color should match.  It’s also good to just match the colors if the child is not quite ready for the math.

I have included a copy of the addition pie to this post.  I used paint chip samples to add the colors.  You can find cheap clothes pins at the dollar store and just glue the rods in place (they come apart easy)  I printed these two to a page on cardstock.

 

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Button It

I made this super easy buttoning practice.  Take a ribbon and sew a button onto each end.  I used embroidery floss to make it stronger.  Cut shapes or squares out of felt and cut a little slit in the center.  That’s it, it’s ready to button up.

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Popsicle Stick Color Matching

I made these popsicle stick matching busy bags.  I took felt pieces and cut them into popsicle shapes and hand sewed them with embroidery floss.  I then made three different levels of color matching.  For the beginner level, I painted the sticks to match the color of the popsicle.  Medium level I wrote the color name in the color of the popsicle.  For the harder level, I wrote the color name in black.  This way it gives them help with reading colors and gradually progresses them.

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Busy Bag with Paint Chips

For all of our busy bags I bought each of the kids a full size cookie sheet at the dollar tree.  This is their personal space when working on the bags.  I also bought a roll of magnet tape.  You can get this at Michale’s or Joann’s–make sure to use a coupon!  I put magnets on as much as I could to keep items in place when the kids are working on their bag.  I also laminate as much as I can to make the items in our bag last longer.

I cut the paint chips apart, but magnets on the back then the kids put the colors in order from dark to light.

I punched circles out of the paint chips and put an upper case letter on one part, and a lower case letter on the other.  The kids can match the color, lower to upper case, or we find the letter or something that starts with that letter in the room.Took paint chips and cut off a bit, glued it to the clothes pin.  The kids match up the paint chip color to the clothes pin color.

I punched holes in the paint chips and we go on ‘color walks’ and we find the same color throught the window in the paint chip.

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Busy Bags

This is our sewing bag

In our bag we have a can strainer from the dollar tree, the kids use colorful shoe strings to ‘sew’.

I also bought shelf liner at the dollar tree and put it on a loop.  We use string and plastic needles that I got at oriental trading.  The kids LOVE this one!!

For the younger crowd we use buttons and pipe cleaners to work on our fine motor for sewing.

The last picture is a styrofome plate the kids cut to the shape they wanted, then sewed it.  Another favorite of the kids!

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