Sensory Activities

Easy Art Projets from Miss Mancy’s Messy Art Class

messy art

1- Veggie Art

This is a wonderful activity for all skill levels. I have done this with very young children as well as with my older groups and they all love it.

You Will Need:

  • Raw vegetables such as carrots, celery, potatoes and  peppers, corn.
  • Colorful paints
  • Drawing Paper

For the younger children, I precut the vegetables however with the older groups, I like to have them cut the vegetables so they practice daily life skills. Dry them off with paper towels. Let children dip the vegetables in paint and stamp them unto paper. Simple, yet beautiful. veggy

This is a great way to introduce foods to picky eaters because the first step is for them to look at the vegetable as a non-threatening item and to then interact/ play with it!


2- Salt Painting

Salt Painting is a great activity for children that challenges many fine motor skills. Some children wanted to create there own design with glue while others followed a pattern already drawn.

You Will Need:

  • White Glue
  • Thick drawing paper
  • Salt
  • Paints or food coloring diluted in water.

Have children use a pencil to draw on drawing paper. You can also provide them with a drawing if it’s too difficult for them to draw.

Children then have to squeeze the glue following the drawing/pattern. This takes strength, motor planning and finger control.



They then shake salt on the wet glue and paint using watered down paint/food coloring with a paintbrush. The challenge here is the graded hand control. The just right amount of pressure needs to be used during this type of painting otherwise it can ruin it.


These look great however they are a mess to keep. Once thy dry, the salt cracks off. We took pictures of our final products and framed them instead.



Fine Motor Activities Sensory Activities

Candy Candy sooooo Much Candy!

What to do with all this extra candy?

1- Science experiment:

Teach children about acid content. Place a candy in a bowl with a little bit of water. Add a teaspoon of baking soda. If the solution bubbles, then this candy is acidic. Try with a variety of candies such as Lemonheads, Nerds, skittles, m&ms etc…


2-Candy Graphing Math:

Create graphs of the various candies. (Sample taken from

candybar graph

3- Licorice stamps:

Use the thin licorice strings (untwist) create a pattern on jar lids and use as a stamp. Children can create letters and numbers as well.


4- Blessing Boxes:

Create Sweet Blessings boxes filled with candy and donate to a local charity.

blessing box
5- Candy Jar:

Kids are asked to bring extra candy to school. These can be placed in a jar that the teacher can use for rewards to the class. (Sample taken from

candy jar
6- Paint with skittles and m&m:

Separate the candy by color. Dissolve the candy in a little bit of water and use like watercolors! (Sample taken from

7-Twizzlers and string licorice to make letters:

Create cards with uppercase and lowercase letters. Laminate them and have children create these letters using licorice.


8- Patterns:

Teach children important sequencing skills by creating candy patterns that they have to follow. This is a great classroom activity for little ones. (Sample taken from

9- Candy Sorting:

Use tweezers to pick up and sort candy by color. This works on pincer strength.


10- Donate the candy to our troops:

Donate extra candy to our troops at