Monday, January 26, 2015

Sensory Fun for February

All kids benefit from sensory activities, but I've noticed that my children with trauma and special needs absolutely require them. Our play room is slowly transforming into a sensory friendly space with a swing, trampoline, wobble boards and activities for gross motor movement. We are also focusing on tactile sensory activities to do with our younger ones and I wanted to share our February project.

This is my favorite play dough recipe, it's safe for all my kids. Today, I added just a drop of food color (not needed if red dye does not agree with your child) and a dash of vanilla. My daughter thought it smelled like cupcakes.
top: with glitter, pink created with 4 drops of red food color, purple was 6 drops of red, 3 drops of blue

Some of these things I picked up at our Target dollar spot, others at a local craft store. Just make sure the items you choose are age appropriate and don't pose a choking hazard.

cookie cutters, pom poms, heart shaped pony beads and spikey balls

We used our dough today to make cookies. Rolling dough is a great "heavy work" sensory activity.

Even our boys got in on the action, this recipe makes lots of dough for all.

the spikey balls made fun designs on cookies
This was a great sensory activity. Kneading and rolling dough, using cookie cutters, various textured "toppings" and the smell of vanilla dough kept my kids busy for an hour. Perfect for a cold, snowy day. 


  1. What a great idea! Who can blame your daughter for trying to eat one! They do look yummy!

  2. Thank you for posting this recipe. I've been on the hunt for a good one to use with my grandson during our next weekend visit. And thank you for adding your link to's Tuesday special needs link up.