Dotted around our home is an array of sensory bits and bobs. My 7 year old is a sensory seeker. He needs to have access to items that can give him good sensory feedback when he needs to regulate. Sometimes he will come home from school full of stress / anxiety from his day and will use the sensory items to help relieve the tension as he winds down in front of the TV. Other times he just likes to play with the items because he likes the way they feel.
In the main rooms of our home we have sensory boxes. This is just a shoe box filled with sensory items that he has free access to whenever he wants or needs them.
What is in our sensory box
You don’t need to have lots of fancy expensive sensory items. You can easily fill your box with party bag fillers from the supermarket and the pound shop. There might be days the box isn’t touched and others every item comes out.
If you have a sensory child in the house I really recommend having at least one sensory box. I have found our boxes very popular with all kids who have been in the house so may be worth a try even if you don’t have as sensory seeker.
There is a wide range of items in our boxes but below are a few items to give you some ideas.
Toys that are good for fiddling like spinners, snap bands and textured balls.
My kids really like these Magicube magnetic blocs .
Toys that light up are great fun we have lots of light up balls.
A recent addition has been Mr Stretch who is great for sensory feedback as you pull him. We also have lots of rubber stretch strings which the kids really like. The pulling sensation is great tension relief.
The boys love having squeezy toys and other bits around the house. Another favourite is our sequin owl who is great to sit with and run fingers over back and forth – very relaxing.
If you want some more ideas you can include see my posts on 101 Sensory Supports, motivating toys, Sensory Submarine and sensory toys.
If you want to learn more about why sensory feedback is important see my post on the sensory side of autism.
What sensory toys are popular with your kids?