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Harvest Time Sensory Bin
Fill your bin with corn kernels about 1″ deep.
Next we used an empty milk carton and cut the front so that it will form a flap as in the picture. This will allow kids to put corn in the top hole and then watch it fall out the front.
Last we added Easter grass to give it some additional texture.
Then you are ready to have your kids help you gather farm animals and vehicles to add to the bin.
Leaps & Bounds will be hosting a fun, sensory-sensitive visit from Santa!
Please see the flyer below for more details!
Our Toddler Parent Playtime this month will be a Winter Fun theme!
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DIY Sensory Tools
At Leaps and Bounds, we use sensory tools every day to compliment the therapy we do with our kids. Not every tool works for every kid. We like to have lots of “tools in our bag” so that we can find the right ones for our kids and families. Some of the tools we use in therapy need to be purchased, but there are a lot of really great ones you can make on your own at home. We have put together a list of some of our favorite DIY sensory tools. (more…)
Quentin has been working at Leaps and Bounds for a few years now. He and his mother had a goal of bike riding for an activity to do with his family and exercise. Now that he is in high school his occupational therapist suggested some functional training in the gym. Thanks to the inclusion model at the YMCA, Quentin and his OT work weekly on strengthening, body awareness, balance, bilateral coordination, fine motor, and social skills.
Providing therapy at the YMCA has helped facilitate progress in just a few short weeks for Quentin. (more…)
Fall Festival Sensory Bin
Any decorative fall items (leaves, apples, gourds, pumpkins, pine cones)
Put the corn kernels and all of the desired decorative fall items into plastic bin.
Use the apples and other items for matching, sorting or organizing by size, color, shape, etc.
Write letters or words on the leaves to work on letter and sight word recognition.
Pumpkin Spice Cloud Dough
7 cups of flour
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup orange powdered tempera paint
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Mix all of the ingredients together. You can mix everything together in a bowl and then transfer to the plastic bin once it’s completely mixed. (Mixture will last longer if kept in a closed container)
Kids can make pretend pumpkin pies with small ramekins and spoons.
We also added a sequence activity in which kids have to put the cycles of a pumpkin in order. This activity and other fun ideas can be found at:
This sensory bin can be messy, but it will be lots of FUN!!
Halloween can be a scary time for all kids, but it can be an especially challenging time for kids with sensory processing difficulties. From the costumes and the masks, to the scary monsters lurking in haunted houses, to the unexpected surprise of someone yelling “Boo!”, there are a lot of potentially difficult issues when it comes to Halloween. But, with some planning and strategies, it can be a fun and enjoyable experience for all kids (more…)