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Sensory Activities

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 your fingers

The Activity:

Find cutouts of people, animals and interesting items in magazines. Cut them out.

Paste one of these small pictures at the bottom of the white paper.

Cut out the shape of a balloon on a different piece of construction paper.

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Use painter’s tape to stick the balloon shaped stencil on top of the white card stock that has the magazine picture on it. Make sure the stencil covers the magazine picture so that paint will not touch it.

Have children dip their thumbs in different colored paints and stamp the inside of the stencil. Our younger kids just painted with their fingers.

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Once dry, remove the stencil to reveal what looks like lots of balloons. Use a thin black sharpie to draw ballon strings so that it looks like the magazine item is holding the balloons.

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Sensory Activities

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 activity but this time I wanted to allow the creative flow. We paired up children two by two and painted on 2 different primary colors on one each one’s hand.

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They then shook hands with each other to reveal a whole new color! The children loved it.

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Once that step was completed, they went wild painting freely on the covered table, mixing as many colors as they wanted, with or without paintbrushes. We had them place  a piece of white paper on top of their paint mix to make a stamp of their beautiful expression.

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Fine Motor Activities Sensory Activities

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 colors
  • White Acrylic paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Wide Painters Tape

The Activity:

You will need to do this activity in 2 parts since the first part has to dry completely before completing the second part.

First, begin by having children paint the entire canvas in stripes.

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Use different colored paints and let it dry completely.

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Then cut 2.5 inch pieces of painters tape and cover the dried canvas in a chevron pattern. Push down well on all corners.

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Paint the entire canvas with white acrylic paint. You can choose to do 2 coats and let dry completely. Next time i’d like to try this with silver or gold paint!

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Peel off the tape to reveal a beautiful art piece!

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Sensory Activities

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 paint and drew scribbles with their Q-tips. The older children took the time to draw more elaborate scenes!

Roll out paint evenly on placemats.

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Create a Halloween scene using a Qtip.

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Work quickly don’t let the paint dry out
Put a paper over the painting and press down.

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Peel the paper to reveal a beautiful Halloween print!!

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Once the first print is completed, you can roll out a different color and create a new scene!

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