Smell

 depending on allergies use different gentle fragrances..baby shampoo on fabric and let dry..retains the scent for quite a while...this is where you just need to experiment as to what works for your child

Tactile

Rice: Fill a bin with rice and let your child plunge hands deep into it. Hide some toys and measuring cups for added fun. Dried beans are another good choice.

 The long Spaghetti Clear round containers work very well ...fill with rice and stick in little seek and find toys. The roll great on the floor, they are heavy enough for those with pressure issues that like to lift to regulate..make sure you have one with a good lid, reinforce with heavy tape.

 Food Play

Jello on a cookie tray, and cookie cutters...stack them on a plate...

Cooked cold noodles

Sensory Tactile Wall (DIY)

A sensory therapy basically for every sense we have, smell, touch, sight, auditory. You can use 1/4 inch plywood painted white or grey (easiest for vision issues to see) on smooth side max 2 feet wide for the smaller children...and as long as you like it can then be attached to a wall..and moved up as child ages..I would recommend using screws for every attachment instead of nails, so you can change it up as the child grows...

add some fun things...

Touch...

-squares of Velcro...rough side up,

-soft squares of angora or similar material,

-spread white child's glue and sprinkle it with sea salt shake off all excess...feels like sandpaper

- nail a good quality tennis ball (dollar store balls break apart inside) with eyes and a cut mouth to squeeze..perfect because when squeezed, the mouth opens,and pennies can be "eaten" and then removed. Excellent for touch and strengthening.

- Soft river stones glued 2-3 across to make a winding “trail” to follow with the fingers...use the strongest glue you can find...gorilla glue or equivalent

- Bubble wrap to pop...attach with adhesive Velcro so once used up could be replaced... different sized bubbles as well

-A cloth draw string (gym bag type) attached to the board with crumpled paper bags in leave the opening so one hand at a time can go in...get really crinkly sounding bags as it works for both hearing and touch...

Attach a magnetic Melissa and Doug puzzle that is a sealed unit..use the pencil to move the balls...(chapters $11. )

Put some wooden beads on a shoelace, attach both ends fairly taunt so the beads can be moved from one end to the other


Sight and fine motor

Spinner ...I cut a round circle with one or two pastel colors painted in thirds, with black lines separating the colors...use a screw that is about a 1/2 inch longer than your board...screw the circle with a washer so that it is almost flush with the board but can still spin...

small fibre optic light...scoop an old Christmas tree or strand and make you own picture with it on your board..or screw a top of the tree to your board...

Be Cautious in using flashing light items due to some seizure triggers...the tiny optics are fine though...

 

Other Motor strengthening exercises


Play Dough Hide and Seek

Hide numerous pennies in Play Dough, and have your child find them, great for fine motor control.

Tongs and Beads

Use a small pair of plastic sugar tongs to pick up Cheerios, Plastic or wooden beads and transfer into bowls. Excellent to build strength in fingers and hands

Tennis Ball Gobble Game

Make a slice in a tennis ball, (use the good ones, dollar store ones break in many pieces inside) glue two eyes above the slit...when squeezed the "mouth" opens and your child can put pennies in with one hand, and squeeze (with help if necessary) with the other hand.  Then take out the pennies one by one...Excellent exercise for fine motor and strengthening.