Sensory Activity

This week Charlie and I are “talking” about the ocean. Yes, there are flashcards involved, but also books, movies, activities. I like to include a trip to the aquarium, but we’ve got some serious travel coming up, so that might not work out. Our key words are seahorse, crab, sting ray, octopus, and eel.

This is a fun activity we did that helps introduce your child to new textures, stimulates multiple senses at once, and that involves virtually no coordination. Charlie is sitting in a Rifton chair for this activity, but you could easily do this in a different chair or even while lying down–just guide your child’s hand if they need more help.

It’s called Sensory Seahorses.

I took several Seahorse cut outs and applied various textures. I used tin foil, pom poms, foam, sand, and felt. I used both sides of adhesive-backed foam so I got two textures out of it–one spongy and the other sticky. This is a lot of work, but I made my Hubby cut out the seahorse shapes to give myself a break.

I made sheets with the Seahorses and presented them to Charlie. I was reinforcing his knowledge of seahorses (their appearance), and also discussing textures. As he touched the various seahorses I would say, “that one’s sticky” or “that one’s shiny.”

I did notice that some textures were “too much” for his left hand. His right hand is much more forgiving of intense textures. I don’t know the reason for this, but you might want to experiment with your own child–one hand might handle new sensation better than the other.

These are not magazine-quality photos. This is real-life, my-child-is-disabled-and-might-need-to-lean-in-and-lick-it-to-get-a-feel-for-it photos. I make no apologies. We encourage curiosity at my house.
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  1. That's an awesome activity! You are so creative about this stuff. I think I may try the purple equivalent.

  2. you are so creative. wow. it's awesome.

  3. You're so clever and that little Charlie is a doll! I especially love the expression on his face in the third photo!

  4. This is an awesome acitivity! Katy, you are sooooo fabulous!

  5. The Henrys says:

    What a great activity. I love how into feeling the textures Charlie was. My fav is the one where he licks the pictures!

  6. I find it interesting that one hand is more sensitive to texture than the other. I will have to try that!

  7. Great Job, Katy! I love his little face- whenever I see him- I think "he has mischief in his eyes". I also loved the tasting pictures…that is something Faith would do.

  8. There is absolutely nothing wrong with licking seahorses!! Great activity and I admire your creativity!

  9. Wow. You work really hard with him. You are impressive in your dedication and love.

  10. This is a great activity. Thanks for sharing. I totally agree with Candace…mischief in those adorable eyes. So cute.

  11. Great choice of activities for Charlie, and that smile!

  12. Baylee and Blair's page says:

    What an awesome activity! You go Momma (and Daddy!)

    Hope you guys had a great weekend!

    Hugs – Tiff

  13. Love those dimples…and your creativity…Charlie is a lucky boy :)

  14. That is great! I love the ideas you incorporated into the sensory experience.
    BTW, the pictures are great. Charlie is one cute little guy. He looks like he had a blast learning and exploring.

  15. Love it, great job. Oh and is he trying to eat the seahorse? haha, he is just so cute!!!

  16. Awesome pictures! Charlie has so many skills! It's great to see him licking the paper!!!

    This is a great idea….I might have to steal it…

  17. Just noticed the new blog roll (it is new right?). Thanks for the mention. Seems like a good way to foster "community" with your blog.

  18. I like the look of his upper body control. Barbara

  19. Yea for textures! Teach that child some art. Love that he licks it. So Charlie.

  20. This is very cute! I love how you used items easily found around the house!

  21. Cop Mama says:

    I love this idea, same shape but different textures!