If you have a child with a sensory processing disorder or autism, finding a toy that meets their unique needs can be a challenge. If you’re looking to add more sensory toys to your child’s toy box, there are many sensory toys that you can make yourself. If you’re looking for a fun (and inexpensive!) activity for the weekend, why not try one of these easy DIY sensory toy ideas?
What are the benefits of using sensory toys in ABA therapy?
Sensory tools can be a fantastic resource for children who are on the autism spectrum or experience a sensory processing disorder. Sensory toys, while seemingly simple, provide a great value for building developmental skills, including coordination, motor skills, and social skills. They can also be used to demonstrate appropriate play skills. Sensory toys can also integrate textures that are difficult for children, in order to build their tolerance.
Click on the toys below for some great ideas.
Floam: This recipe only takes four ingredients and can be made within just a few minutes, making this a great project for kids to help with!
Flubber: This recipe is also easy enough that your kids can help you make it.
Play Dough: This recipe for Play Dough incorporates calming essential oils, but you can certainly make play dough without the oils.
Water Bead Balloon: This toy can be especially helpful for strengthening hand muscles outside of OT sessions.
Weighted Lap Pad: This can help children to focus through proprioception and can be made with materials from around the house.
Edible sensory play toys: A snack that serves a functional purpose.
Sensory Blocks: A fun spin on blocks to provide additional support for sensory processing.
Sensory Gel Pad: This can be customized for your child’s interests.
Ribbon Pulls: These can help with building motor skills.
Geo Shapes Board: These boards can help children build their motor skills and strengthen muscles.
All sensory toys serve a different purpose, so if your child is working on building a specific skill, there is likely a sensory toy to help with that. If the toys above don’t fit the needs of your child, try searching on Pinterest, which offers ideas for a wide range of sensory toys.
Are you interested in ABA services for your child in the Chicago area? Contact us or call (773) 630-4400 to learn more about the range of services we provide for children who are on the autism spectrum at Chicago ABA Therapy, including applied behavior analysis therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology.