According to Katharine Robinson (MOTR/L) and Crystal Emery (P.L.A.Y. Consultant) from Easter Seals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain; sensory processing involves the ability to take in information within our environment through our senses and utilizing that information to create a response. Once sensory information is received through nerve receptors in our body, that information is sent up to the brain. The brain then decides how to respond or react to that sensation. Exposing children to sensory play helps develop the use of their senses.
Here is a fun, simple sensory activity to do with your children!
- Cheap hair gel (if you use clear gel, get food coloring to dye it)
- Ziplock bags
- Soft add ins
- Duct Tape
- Fill the ziplock bag with hair gel and throw in some food coloring if you only have clear gel.
- Throw in some fun things for your child to look at and squish around in the bag. Ideas: flat marbles, beads, little animals, glitter, buttons, anything that won't poke a hole in the bag.
- Squeeze as much of the air out as you can when sealing the bag
- If needed, run duct tape around the edges to reinforce the bag.
Here are some different sensory bags to try!
If you decide to try this project yourself, let us know what you think! Which add-ins would you use?
To read more on sensory processing, read our blog post here!