How to Make a Simple Sensory Corner
1. Consider who your child is. Take note of some of the toys, therapy items or sensory activities that your child enjoys…try to think about some of the items that your child used in her OT sessions.
2. Find a designated space for your sensory corner
- Help parent think about re-arranging furniture to make it happen
- Consider using a closet
- Consider using a sheet over a small table (hideout) or a child’s tent so you can observe your child as needed.
3. Items to consider putting in the corner:
- Pillows/favorite stuffed animal
- A CD player with calming music or music that has a low strong beat (like drums) or music that the child just likes listening to.
- A visual toy like a rainstick/a glitter jar (fill a mason’s jar with water, glitter, small trinkets/beads) -making sure you use duct tape around the lid to prevent it from being open.
- Manipulative toys that are repetitive in nature (bead stringing, duplos, barrel full of monkeys)
- Use twinkling holiday lights
4. Show and model for your child how to use the sensory corner; play in the corner with your child; model taking deep breaths and relaxing. Initially, use the sensory corner as part of a visual schedule so it becomes part of the routine. Then hopefully, it will become more natural.