Archive of ‘Sensory Activities’ category

Top Ten OT Things to do with: BALLOONS

You know I’m always looking for fun inexpensive and light ways (I travel to schools) to use children’s favorite toys and tools to teach important skills. Balloons are one of those magical items that makes every child rise to their feet and motivates them to participate!     Here are my TOP 10 + WAYS […]

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Halloween Fun in the Kitchen

Here are some of my favorite Halloween recipes to make with kids! 1-Spooky Popcorn Hands You Will Need: Candy Corn Gummy worms Microwave Popcorn Clear gloves Plastic spider rings Spooky Plastic spiders Rubber bands The Activity: Place popcorn bag in the microwave and cook according to directions. Ask an adult to open the bag of […]

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Balloon Collage

Beautiful, fun and easy activity for children of all skill levels. You will Need: White card stock paper cutouts from magazines (people animals etc…) Thin black marker Large Stencil in the shape of a balloon (I created these from construction paper) Scissors stick glue Tempra paints in several colors Round sponge brush or just use […]

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Colorful Cornstarch Ice Painting

You Will Need: Cornstarch Water Liquid water color Ice trays Popsicle sticks Directions: PREPARING THE COLORFUL ICE: Put 3/4 cup of cornstarch in a bowl and add a few drops of liquid watercolor. Mix. THEN Add 1/2 cup of water. (Use a ratio of 1 part water to 1.5 parts cornstarch). Mix. Pour into ice […]

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Magnetic Wand Painting

Here is a really fun activity that mixes art and science! You Will Need: Magnetic wands (available on Amazon) Metallic items (washers, bolts, screws, paper clips) Tempra paints White Card stock paper Painters tape The activity: Stick a piece of paper to the table for each child. Prepare  shallow paint dishes with different colored paints […]

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Spring Flower Painting

I saw this idea on line at playfullearning.net and decided to give it a try with my Messy Art group. I love activities that combine a variety of senses. The smell of the flowers and the bright paint colors is a great way to welcome inSpring. It was a great success with my little ones. We […]

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Painted Salt Structures

You Will Need: Sandcastle molds 3 cups of salt 3 teaspoons of Water Liquid water colors or food coloring mixed with water Thin paint brushes and small eye droppers Directions: Mix the salt and water well, until it appears damp and crumbly. Pour it into the sandcastle mold a little bit at a time and […]

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Partner Painting

You Will Need: Washable Paints in blue, red and yellow Sponge brush Covered Table with paper or garbage bag The Activity: I wanted to do a messy activity with the children that allowed them full control of the paint. Many times, I try to get them to follow one or 2 simple steps to an […]

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Chevron Wall Art

I tried this activity that I found on http://www.refinery29.com/diy-paint-project with one of my 10 year-old students with ASD. The hardest part was putting the tape, however the rest requires minimal skills. It was an absolute success. It makes a beautiful gift just on time for Valentine’s Day! You Will Need: Canvas Acrylic Paints in bright […]

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Sweet Hearts Edible Paint

You Will Need: Plain Yoghurt Liquid Kool Aide Food coloring (optional) Heart Cutouts White Card Stock Trays (optional) Sponge Brushes (optional) The Activity: Valentine’s Day is around the corner and we wanted the kids to have fun painting hearts and really not worrying about the final product. These hearts definitely have to be thrown out […]

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Sensory Snow

Living in Florida, many children don’t have the experience of playing with snow. Being that I grew up in Montreal, Canada, I know all about snow and would love to share that experience with my kids. Through the years, I have I have tried many Snow Sensory Bins. This is HANDS DOWN the best Snow Recipe! […]

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Reindeer Sandwiches

I am always looking for easy to make activities for my cooking class. This one was easy and such a hit with the kids and with me….I can’t resist anything that has Nutella on it! You Will Need: Sliced Bread Nutella or Peanut butter White icing Red m&ms or Skittles for the nose Brown m&ms […]

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Rubber Bands Snap Painting 3 Ways

This is a very messy activity. Be prepared for paint to splatter but the results are beautiful. You Will Need: 3 white card stock paper Rubber bands Tray Tempra Paints Paint brush The Activity: Place a dozen rubber bands around a tray. This works beautifully on your child’s thenar muscle strength as well as bilateral […]

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Sensory Fun with Fruit Pizza

I started a new cooking class  called Little Chefs as part of the Miss Mancy’s Fall Curriculum at the Social Mind Center. The idea is to expose children to a variety of foods, smells, textures and tastes. This is especially helpful for children that are picky eaters. Since our focus at SMC is Social Communication, […]

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Summer Fun with Balloons

I love balloons and kids do too! Not only are they colorful and festive but they can be used for movement activities as well as art and science! Here are some of my favorite activities. Painting with Balloons. You Will Need: Balloons Tempra Paint White drawing paper This is a very simple activity that can […]

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Spring is Here

Spring is here and although it’s been cold around the country, we have been blessed in Florida! Spring energy is in the air. It’s time for color and flowers and outdoor activities! Here are 2 fun crafts that we did in MissMancy’s Messy Art Class for Spring! Textured Birds: You Will Need: Cutout of a […]

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St-Patty’s Activities

Here are some fun St-Patty’s Day activities I found while searching on line. Golden Coins Shaving Cream Search Kids  absolutely love getting messy with shaving cream.  Just add green finger paint,  glitter and shiny coins to create a St- Patty’s theme. The children use tactile discrimination to find hidden coins. This is a a great […]

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3 Kings Day Inspiration

I remember as a little girl living in France, we celebrated 3 Kings Day with a very special tradition. Although I didn’t grow up Catholic,  it was a tradition that my parents did with us every year because to me and my siblings it was so magical. We call it La Galette des Rois—The Kings […]

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Spooky Sounding Lanterns

These were so easy to make and the resulting sound is really loud!!! The kids loved playing around with the sound variations. We each got a chance to pull on our string while other children guessed what it sounded like. We made sounds of witches, ghosts, squeaky doors and even chickens!!!!! You will need: Plastic […]

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Halloween Scene Prints

You Will Need: Acrylic or tempra paint Sponge roller Plastic place mats Q tips Construction paper Instructions: This is a very simple activity that can be done with children of all skill levels. The little ones enjoy it just as much as the older ones. The younger children even used their hands to spread the […]

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Gardening!

I will try to share with you pictures of the wonderful activities that we do during Miss Mancy’s Fun with Science Classes at the Social Mind Center here in Davie Florida. It gets a little busy (and messy (: but i will try as best as I can) Several weeks a go we began a […]

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Designing for the Senses

One of my projects has been to work in collaboration with designer Deborah Dimare to create Sensory Smart Spaces for children with ASD and with Sensory Sensitivities. We were featured on the TODAY SHOW a few years ago during Autism Awareness Month!!! What a great experience!   CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO

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Penguin fish feed:

You will need: An empty Tissue box Black, white and Orange Construction paper Straws OR Adaptive chopsticks (You can purchase here at MissMancy’s SHOP) Tissue paper The Activity: This is a nice way to work on oral motor skills and awareness of breath. I created a penguin using a square Kleenex box. I cut out […]

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Shaving Cream Fun

Shaving cream is such a fun sensory experience for your child. For children that demonstrate tactile defensiveness, I would only introduce this activity once a child trusts you and knows you well. I usually start to play with it myself, I don’t initially push them to touch the shaving cream but I then take their […]

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ABC Magic Tunnel

What you need: ABC Puzzle (You can purchase a similar puzzle at MissMancy’s AMAZON Shop) Homemade Nylon tunnel (You can make it by sewing  a long piece of Nylon material purchased at your local fabric store) Dry erase board and dry erase markers ( Available for purchase at MissMancy’s AMAZON Shop) The Activity: I like […]

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