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Sensory Activities

Taste:
Give the children different food to taste: salted crackers and potato chips for salty; grapes and raisins for sweet; lemon slices and sour pickles for sour; Record the favorite tastes on an experience chart.

Draw two circles on a sheet of paper, and photocopy for each child. Give each child a sheet with two circles, crayons, and a jumbo craft stick. Help them draw and cut out a happy face on one circle, and a sad face on the other. Help children dot glue on the back of one circle. Spread the glue with the tip of the craft stick. Place the craft stick on the circle, part of the craft stick will form a handle. Place the other circle on top of the craft stick. The happy and sad faces should be back-to-back. Use to show likes/dislikes of foods.

Children create a healthy meal by cutting pictures of foods out of magazines and gluing them onto the paper plates. Be sure to review the four food groups as a reminder of what makes a healthy meal.

Glue pictures of the basic food groups on four separate cardboard boxes. Display wrappers and containers for foods that belong to each group. Have the children sort the empty containers and wrappers into the appropriate boxes.

Guess what you’re tasting: salt, sugar, baking soda, and flour.

Peanut Butter Play-doh (make sure no one’s allergic to peanuts!)
Hearing:

Tape everyday household noises and let the children guess what the sounds are.

Sign Language

Make praise streamers to use with music. Tape party streamers to large craft sticks.

Make bells from paper cups, chenille wire, and jingle bells.

Listen and Do: Put an assortment of objects on a table. Give specific directions regarding the different objects. The children must follow the exact directions they hear.

Rabbit shaker: staple two plates together with beans inside. Decorate like a rabbit.

Hide a loud ticking clock and have the children take turns finding it.

Play gossip. Whisper something to one child and then have that child whisper it to the next, etc. The last child says what he heard out loud and you compare it to what was originally stated!

Fill film canisters with different objects. Children guess what are in each canister by shaking it and listening. Ex: marbles, cheerios, rice, buttons, paper clip, beans, pennies, etc.

Sight:

Investigate a prism together!

Have children look at themselves in the mirror and draw what they see.

Play Blind Tag. Blindfold it and he must tag people by listening to where their voices are coming from.

Make patterns using red and blue stones, etc.

Hide the stones from pattern making above, and search for them.

Play what’s missing. Place 10 items on a tray. Let the children look over the tray for a couple minutes, then, while their eyes are closed, remove one item. Have them open their eyes and guess what’s missing!

Play I Spy. First person says, I spy with my little eye something that is [green]. The others must try and guess what the person saw…

Use 3 pairs of dark socks and one pair of white. Turn out the lights and have the kids match the socks. This shows how eyes react to dark.

Touch:

Feely Box- students guess what’s in the box or bag.

Where is Thumbkin?

Make Thumbprint pictures.

Choose 3 children at a time to hide behind a puppet stage or table letting only their hands show. The rest of the children try to guess which hands belong to each child. This can also be played with feet.

Eight socks with different objects in each one. The socks are closed off with a rubber band. You have to feel with your feet and guess what is in each sock.

Smell:

Match each spice with its twin simply by smelling.

Prepare a smelling tray using film canisters. Use peanut butter, oranges, vinegar, etc. Children guess the smells.

Have children hold their noses while tasting certain foods and observe if there is a difference in the tastes!

by Angela Simmons

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