Here is a super simple activity that takes seconds to set up at home, is fun, engaging and brilliant for sensory awareness.
Quite often sensory experiences are designed for children to use with their hands. I think it's important not to forget that children can learn so much about sensory awareness by using their feet!
This activity couldn't be easier to set up for your own children to do at home. I simply had a look in my cupboard and selected a variety of safe items that would feel different under foot and were easy to wash or discard afterwards. Here is what I used -
- Cardboard lid
- Muffin tin (upside down)
- Large plastic bag
- cake drying rack
- Wet chux dish cloth
- old cake board
- ice cube trays
Of course you need to consider safety first. I also made sure these items were placed on a nonslip surface like carpet or a rug. Wooden floorboards make items slip and so it's just asking for an injury. Be safe.
Little Possum had such a brilliant time doing this. At first my husband thought I was crazy but once he saw how wonderful the activity was for Possums balance and sensory awareness he was easily won over.
Many times Possum giggled as she experiences the texture of each item, how some of the surfaces squashed beneath her weight and the various temperatures of the cold metal or wet dish cloth. It was quite funny to watch.
I couldn't tell you how many times Possum moved along the sensory path that I'd made for her. It was A LOT! It was great to be able to mix up to order and talk to her about each piece that was available for her to walk over. Perfect for building on her understanding of language.
She even decided to try crawling, which became an added sensory experience for her.
I hope you've enjoyed looking at this post. I have many more sensory activities available here, here, and here. Be sure to check them out!