Touch

The sense of touch (tactile) is one of the most important and often disrupted senses for sufferers of sensory processing disorder. This board includes sensory…
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Four Little Piglets: COLOURED EPSOM SALTS ON THE LIGHT PANEL - great visual activity that includes a tactile component too! For more sensory related pins, visit the SPD Blogger Network boards here: @SPDBN Activities For Kids, Pre K, Sensory Play, Ombre, Sensory Bins, Preschool Science, Science For Kids, Kids Sensory, Sensory Room
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Four Little Piglets: COLOURED EPSOM SALTS ON THE LIGHT PANEL - great visual activity that includes a tactile component too! For more sensory related pins, visit the SPD Blogger Network boards here: @SPDBN
the cover of an art book with images of different types of sand and paint on it
Sensory Sand Art for the Whole Family! - The Empowered Educator
Sensory Sand Art for the Whole Family! by Mommy Musings and Mayhem. For more sensory related pins, visit the SPD Blogger Network boards here: @SPDBN
a pine cone bird feeder hanging from a tree branch with the words pine cone bird feeders
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The robins are coming back! Join along with us as we make a pine cone bird feeder + plus sensory tips along the way :-)
a child is playing with a pink dough toy
Sensory Square Dough from Mummy Musings and Mayhem
an upside down view of some toys in the grass
Mud Pies!
Sensory play doesn't get any easier (or cheaper, for that matter!) Rockabye Butterfly shows you how to mix up the best mud pies on the block! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network @spdbn
the play dough candy store is open and ready to be played
Play Dough Candy Store
Here's a great idea that combines tactile activities with pretend play -- check out the Kids Activities Blog's Play Dough Candy Store! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network @spdbn
It's time to get dirty! Familylicious shares 8 mud-themed activities that will get your kids into the spirit. We especially love digging for bugs with tongs (for the extra sensitive types!) Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-themed pins, see pinterest.com/spdbn
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It's time to get dirty! Familylicious shares 8 mud-themed activities that will get your kids into the spirit. We especially love digging for bugs with tongs (for the extra sensitive types!) Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-themed pins, see pinterest.com/spdbn
four different types of purses on a white surface
Soft Baby Toy
This "soft baby toy" DIY from Curious Kangaroos has everything you need to make a great fidget. For older kids, try stuffing with buckwheat and lavender to make even more sensory impact! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
two toddlers playing with toys on the floor
DIY Texture Mats
Pre-School Play shares some great new ideas for DIY texture mats, including garland, feathers, and foam shapes. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a child's hand is playing with toys on a tray in the shape of an octopus
Critter Painting!
You've tried painting with cars and making footprints with little plastic animals... but have you tried this idea? Creative Connections for Kids shares their experiment painting with those spikey monsters from the dollar bin! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a child is playing with toys on the floor
Here's a texture you may not have tried! Mummy Musings and Mayhem shares here sensory project with dyed egg shells! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a man in an orange shirt is pouring something into a white container on a blue table
I Like Mud - Spring Sensory Activity
This activity is so simple and cheap, it had us wondering "why didn't WE think of that?!" Preschool Lesson Plans shares their I Like Mud sensory play and tips for encouraging a little learning too. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
two children are playing with string art in the grass
Here's another take on messy play with colored spaghetti -- Mummy Musings & Mayhem shares how she got out the paper and let her kids create one-of-a-kind works of art with spaghetti prints! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a child is playing with clothes and other items on the grass in front of a yellow bucket
Laundry Day Fun! - Inner Child Fun
Fine motor, messy play, ADLs, and pretend play -- could this idea from Inner Child Fun GET any better? We especially love the little box of laundry soap! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
an open book sitting on top of a table next to a pile of sticks
We're Going on a Bear Hunt Messy Play Style...
Make Do & Friend shows how you can go on your own bear hunt -- messy play style! Activity based on the children's favorite "We're Going On A Bear Hunt." Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
the yarn abc book is shown with pictures of letters and numbers
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This fantastic project has tactile appeal in two ways -- get your kids involved with making the books, then enjoy the tactile appeal (and prewriting skill building) by tracing the yarn letters with your fingers. Brilliant idea by Small Types. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
Here's a way to get messy with the fantastic book, "Mouse Paint." Crayonfreckles shares her tip to use fur mice (available from pet stores) as your mousie paint brush. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn Art Projects, Mice, Mouse Paint, Painting Activities, Art Activities, Mouse
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Here's a way to get messy with the fantastic book, "Mouse Paint." Crayonfreckles shares her tip to use fur mice (available from pet stores) as your mousie paint brush. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a heart shaped ornament hanging from a window
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"Stained glass" tissue paper sun catchers are easy to make and provide a new tactile expereince. Tutorial and resource links provided in post by @Mom2MissK. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. for more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
Create your own sand paper alphabet with linked downloads and instructions from Learning 4 Kids. Tactile seekers will enjoy tracing the sandy letters and maybe work on some prewriting at the same time! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn Phonics, Teaching, Pre Writing, Letter Sounds, Letter Of The Week
Sand Paper Alphabet
Create your own sand paper alphabet with linked downloads and instructions from Learning 4 Kids. Tactile seekers will enjoy tracing the sandy letters and maybe work on some prewriting at the same time! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a child is playing with colored gummy balls on a tray in front of them
What is Hiding in Our Jelly?
Another great jelly/gellatin idea from Learning 4 Kids to get more reluctant players involved: "what is hiding in our jelly?" Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
there is a child playing with jelly in the water and it says, sensory play with jelly
Sensory Play with Jelly
Jelly (aka Gellatin) is a great tactile experience. Learning 4 Kids has some neat ideas to get messy with this edible experience! Pinned by SPD Blogger network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a child's feet with colored pencils and feathers on the floor next to them
Add Sensory Play Into Your Day: Texture Road Experience
School Time Snippets shows you how to make a texture road and use it as a pathway (yes, pun intended) to using descriptive words. Pinned by SPD Blogger Netwrok. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
step by step instructions on how to make green handprints for children's hands
St. Patrick's Day Activity Ideas
Start with a little messy activity (make leprachaun footprints with your hand) and spread them throughout the house to make a St. Patty's cavenger hunt. This plus other creative ways to celebrate from 101 OT Ideas. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see htpp:/pinterest.com/spdbn
a person is dipping corn on the cob with ketchup in a bowl
A Reason For Our Play
Painting with corn? Brilliant! Post from We Can Do All Things includes some other fun messy play ideas. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a child is reaching for some food on a black tray with pink string attached to it
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Making your own bird seed cakes is an ooey-gooey stickey mess with a fantastic result. Recipe and instructions from Chalk in My Pocket. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest/spdbn
a person's hand on top of a blue, red and white painted object
Finger Fun
I remember painting with pudding as a kid! We Can Do All Things amps this activity up a notch with some amazing colors. What are you waiting for? Roll up those sleeves! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
Creating an outdoor kitchen with play ingredients from nature is a great way to get messy without spending a bundle. Idea from The Imagination Tree pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins see http://pinterest.com/spdbn The Great Outdoors, Outdoor Play Spaces, Outdoor Play Areas, Outdoor Play, Outdoor Fun
Outdoor Concoctions Kitchen - The Imagination Tree
Creating an outdoor kitchen with play ingredients from nature is a great way to get messy without spending a bundle. Idea from The Imagination Tree pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
an orange bucket filled with lots of clutter on top of green grass covered ground
Bug Slime Spaghetti! - The Imagination Tree
Bugs + slimy spaghetti make this oh-so-yucky sensory activity a win-win for tactile seekers. Provide tongs to help avoiders join in on the fun too! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a person is cutting up an art project with food on the table next to them
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Veggie prints area a great way to have fun with food and experiment with different textures. If you want to eat your veggies after making art, try one of the edible paint recipes from our play-doh recipes and more board. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a toy car is sitting on top of a skateboard that's upside down
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Getting Messy With Ms. Jessi shares some great ideas to recycle different textured materials for a block center. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a child holding a small toy in their hands with beads on it's wrist
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Getting Messy With Ms. Jessi offers two fun messy monster projects -- make yarn monsters with glue and yarn and then move over to the paint table to make monster mirror prints. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
two pictures showing different stages of making green jellos for kids to play with
This activity from Share & Remember could go under any of our sensory boards -- SEE the bubbling volcanoes -- SMELL the vinegar -- TOUCH the bubbles from the mixture and even get a bit of FINE MOTOR with scooping and measuring! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For morse senory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
@Mom2MissK combines the tactile input of a sensory tub with a sorting activity geared twoard shorter attention spans. Check out complete instructions on this exclusive SPD Blogger Network SPD DIY. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For morse sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn Sensory Processing Disorder, Sensory Boxes, Tactile Sensitivity
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@Mom2MissK combines the tactile input of a sensory tub with a sorting activity geared twoard shorter attention spans. Check out complete instructions on this exclusive SPD Blogger Network SPD DIY. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For morse sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
Play at Home Mom shows you how to create a textured surface for painting using glue and toilet paper. Pinned by SPD Blogger network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn Parents, Classroom Ideas, Preschool Art, Glue Painting
Textured Painting
Play at Home Mom shows you how to create a textured surface for painting using glue and toilet paper. Pinned by SPD Blogger network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
Use fabric scraps, cardboard, glue and this tutorial from Your Therapy Source to create a sensory work of art. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn Tactile Art Projects, Tactile Activities, Tactile Art, Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Pediatric Ot, Art Therapist, Autism Sensory, Pediatric Therapy
Fabric Creation - Your Therapy Source
Use fabric scraps, cardboard, glue and this tutorial from Your Therapy Source to create a sensory work of art. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
three toy cars are on the ground next to each other
Painting With Cars
Little ones who avoid messy play (like painting) can sometimes be coaxed in with the appropriate selection of "tools." Healthy Mama shares how she and her son paint with cars. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For morese sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a frosted snowman with a black hat on it's head and nose
Get messy with Notes from a Pediatric OT and make a shaving cream snow man. By adding a little glue to the mix, you can explore texture while crating a work of art. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. for more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
many wrapped presents are stacked on top of each other
MATERIAL TEXTURE BLOCKS
My HomeMade Montessori creates texture blocks using fabric scraps and recyclables. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http:/pinterest.com/spdbn
a green shelf filled with lots of stuffed animals
Our Interactive Toddler Wall of OWLS
My HomeMade Montessori shares her interactive wall of owls -- including home made nest boxes and different textured owls for everyone to enjoy (owl detail here ==> http://myhomemademanipulatives.blogspot.com/2010/10/no-sew-fall-sensory-owls-for-toddlers.html). Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a hand holding a green ball with lots of bubbles on it's surface in front of a table
Toddler New Texture Sensory Balls
My HomeMade Montessori shares how to make your own sensory balls with foam balls and glue. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
the number six is made out of pink colored powder with white writing on it and there are no other letters in the image
Sensory Letter Learning
Make Do & Friend offers several sensational suggestions for learning letter-writing... the sensory way! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
the process for making little clouds with watercolors is shown in blue and white
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Another Eric-Carle-inspired messy craft from Gummylump: use cotton balls and paint to make your own "Little Cloud" pictures! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterst.com/spdbn
there is a tree made out of peas on the yellow surface with green and red dots
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Create a sensational sensory tree, inspired by Eric Carle's "The Tiny Seed" with this tutorial from Gummylump. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a green turtle cake sitting on top of a wooden table covered in sprinkles
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Another variation on the tactile turtle -- this one inspired by Eric Carle's "Foolish Tortoise." Tutorial by Gummylump and pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterst.com/spdbn
a young boy is painting an object with acrylic paint on it's sides
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Get messy and encourage pretend play at the same time with this build-your-own skyscraper project from Gummylump. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a paper plate that has some food on it and a turtle made out of rice krispy kreme
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Use acorn hats, a paper plate, and construction paper to create a tactile turtle with this tutorial from Gummylump. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a necklace made out of colorful beads on top of a wooden table next to a wall
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Gummylump shows how to create a great fine motor activity with potential for messy play (glue) when you make your own paper beads. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a drawing of a gorilla made out of coffee beans
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Make your own tactile brown bear from Eric Carle's timeless story using these instructions and template from GummyLump. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a child is spooning food out of a bowl
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Snow is a great tactile experience and best of all -- FREE! GummyLump shares 10 different ideas for snow play with preschoolers. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
some type of string with two hearts on it and a stick in the shape of a heart
feeding the birds
Another great fine motor activity by @MakeDoAndFriend. String Cheerios onto pipe cleaners and share with the birds. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
two hearts made out of yarn sitting on top of a wooden table next to a cup
Heart garland and Valentine worms
Heart garland tutorial by Megan at Plum Puddin. Great Valentine-themed activity for fine motor work! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. for more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
three different colored clothes pegs on a white surface with one blue and one yellow
Many children with tactile sensitivity have fine motor delays. This cute craft from @MakeDoAndFriend gives kids a great excuse to work on finger strengthening! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterst.com/spdbn
there are many green and white plastic objects in the bowl
Slimey Squiggly Spaghetti Sensory
Slimy, squiggly, spaghetti sensory play with @MakeDoAndFriend. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
the letters and numbers are made up of different colored felt shapes, including letter s
touchy feely letters
What does the letter "S" feel like? @MakeDoAndFriend shares a great tactile way for practicing the alphabet! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a young boy sitting at a table in front of a green lunch box
5 Senses - Touch Activity!
Use those old diaper wipes tubs for a great "blind" sensory game. Identify different items based only on touch! Posed by No Time for Flash Cards. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterst.com/spdbn
a person with their hand on some green paint
Sand Paper Cactus Craft
You've tried finger painting, but for a new tactile experience, what about finger painting on sand paper? No Time for Flash Cards offers a complete lesson along with supporting books. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a little boy sitting in a high chair eating something with his mother's hands
Sensory Puzzle
Create a simple sensory puzzle (matching textures) using pieces of an egg carton and different textured items. Idea from No Time for Flashcards. Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
a little boy sitting at a table with his hands on the top of him and smiling
Working With Sensory Issues
No Time for Flashcards walks you through creating a sensory experience using a theme (this one was red apples). Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn
the child is making colorful art on the table
Coloured foam fun
Shaving cream is the ULTIMATE in easy-clean messy play. A Little Learning for Two shares a little twist in this classic sensory activity -- adding color! Pinned by SPD Blogger Network. for more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterst.com/spdbn
a pile of red stuff sitting on top of a sandy beach
Coloured Sand Castles
Looking for a way to spruce up boring old sand? A Little Learning for Two shows you how to use food coloring to make some eye-catching fun. Pinned bty SPD Blogger Network. For more sensory-related pins, see http://pinterest.com/spdbn