Sensory Regulation Activities aid in developing Sensory Processing Integration, which is critical for all areas of a child’s growth. It is a particularly critical area of focus for individuals with sensory processing disorder.
Learning how to regulate their energy and feelings is an important aspect of any child’s growth and development.
These squishy squashy balloons are awesome! The kids love them and they are very durable.There are endless ways that you can play with them.
Objectives: Exploring textures, Heavy muscle exercise, Sensory Regulation
Playing with items that have different textures teach our senses to adapt to different feelings. Crushing the eggshells is super fun and it promotes fine motor skills.
Objectives: Sensory, Hand-eye coordination, Fine Motor
Have the kids make a calm down kit for themselves and for teachers to use in their classroom. The idea is that when a child gets upset they take the kit and choose an item or two that will help them calm down and begin to develop emotional self-regulation. It is important for our kids to learn to choose the best way to self-soothe rather than us dictating what they should do. Some day they will be responsible for all their emotional responses.
Objectives: Self-regulation and self-awareness, Sensory Regulation
Forming the letter “X” can be difficult. It requires the brain and hands to cross the midline. One of the most effective ways to learn new skills is to combine sensory with learning a new concept or skill so we came up with a few, fun ways for the kids to practice making the letter “x”.
Objectives: Crossing the Midline.
Here is a fun tactile sensory processing activity that works on directionality and tactile discrimination. It is a fun game where the children have to think quickly, pay attention and respond to what they feel or hear. Gather a group of children, put on some music, fill up a few balloons and let the learning begin!
There is a great expectation for children to stay on task, practice “quiet sitting” and to control their impulses. In certain situations, these expectations are reasonable but what about the child who either has an overactive system or an under active system? For these children, sitting still may feel like an insurmountable task.
Objectives: Sensory Processing and Sensory Regulation
While reading the deliciously sweet Don’t Turn the Page by Rachelle Burk and illustrated by Julie Downing I was brought back to the bedtime routine of my daughter. Make your own sweet smelling Bedtime Buddies and it will soon be your child’s favorite stuffed friend!
Objectives: Tactile, Self-Soothing, Calming down
Over the years we have collected tools and strategies to help children take control of their anxiety. Different strategies work for different children and situations. Choose the strategies for soothing the anxious child that fit with your child’s personality and needs.
Objectives: Regulating Feelings and Sensory Regulation
This project is a sensory experience for the hands and the nose. Kids will love to smoosh, pound and roll the dough.
Objectives: Sensory, Tactile Defensiveness, Measurement
Here is a fun game where the children have to think quickly, pay attention and respond to what they feel or hear. The idea of this game is to have the children pass the balloons left or right depending on what they feel.
Objectives: Directionality, Observational Skills, Sensory (tactile discrimination), Response Time
A Jar Full of Feelings is a visual sensory regulation activity to help children recognize and respond appropriately to their feelings. Explaining feelings and emotions to young children can be complicated; especially so for children on the Autism Spectrum. This activity will help them understand their feelings and self-regulate.
Objectives: Sensory and Emotional Regulation.
These native seed bombs are awesome! Great for gift-giving and nature studies while also serving to exercise the hands.
Objectives: Sensory Integration, Plant Life Lesson, Measurement, Gift-giving or Fund Raising.
Doesn’t the fall just make you want to go out and play with all the beautiful fall leaves? It brings out memories, real or imagined, of running and joyfully jumping into a pile of leaves. This art project gives you a reason to play with leaves.
Objectives: Sensory processing (tactile defensiveness and proprioception), Fine Motor, Science Facts