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DIY sensory activities for kids



Sensory activities are a great way to teach your children about a number of different things – from numbers and letters, to colours and animals. They are also a fantastic way to let your child explore all of their senses, especially touch. In honour of national hearing awareness, we at 13SICK are pleased to share with you some of our favourite sensory activities that don’t depend on sound, so that everyone can have fun playing together, no matter who they are!


DIY Kinetic Sand

This one might be a little messy, but it’s super fun, and a great way to teach children about shapes and let their imagination run wild! The best part is, it’s less expensive than store-bought kinetic sand, and you know exactly what’s inside it – so no more worrying about unnecessary ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup baby oil
  • A few drops of an essential oil (lavender is our favourite!) - Optional

Directions:

  • In a big container; fill with flour and add oils on top
  • Mix together with your hands and enjoy!
  • Keep in an airtight container when not in use


DIY Sensory Blocks

Sensory blocks are a fabulous way to get any child involved with a mess-free, texture-based activity, that is completely customisable. You can use any materials you have on hand, and make it as complex or as simple as you want – and it’s totally portable so you can bring it in the car on long road trips, or to the shops if you have a particularly excitable bub!

Materials:

  • Wooden building blocks
  • Glue (superglue or hot glue is recommended)
  • Any other materials you want! Some good ideas are:
  • Buttons
  • Felt
  • Furry fabrics
  • Zippers
  • Lace
  • Textured stickers

Directions:

  • Glue different materials onto each face of the wooden blocks – superglue or hot glue is recommended, as you don’t want the materials to fall off, or be pulled off.
  • Enjoy!


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