Tactile sensory input is a key factor in helping children concentrate. Some children find it difficult to sit still or focus without additional sensory input. When they are not getting enough stimulation, they often resort to finding their own stimulation. This might look like: bouncing in their seat, leaving their task unfinished, or acting out.
The sensory bags below are meant to provide the tactile stimulation a child needs to simultaneously harness their focus on another task. Triton’s Occupational Therapist, Sonia Rubillo MSOT, OTR/L explains, “Allowing students to use non-distracting sensory items during instruction can help improve self-regulation skills and attention to task. The squishy feeling of the bag may provide the child with increased tactile input to better orient himself to the environment.”
These colorful bags are not only a practical tool, but they require your child to use their executive functioning to assemble. Your child can practice following the directions and measuring the ingredients, as well as have a beautiful craft to enjoy this season and beyond.
- 1 quart-sized zipper bag
- 3-5 leaves varied in color
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- Watercolors or dye (your choice)
- Measure out ½ cup of vegetable oil and pour into the bag.
- Meanwhile, add 2-3 teaspoons of water to a small bowl and mix with a few drops of watercolor or dye.
- Slowly pour the water mixture into the bag.
- Add the leaves and glitter to the bag.
- Gently seal the bag, making sure there is no air left inside.
- Fold the top of the bag over and seal with clear tape to ensure it doesn’t leak.
Your child can keep this bag with him or her when doing a non-preferred activity, such as homework, or even take it to school. Keeping tools like this on hand can be just as important for your child’s productivity as other essential materials they use every day.
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To learn more about sensory stimulation from OT, Sonia Rubillo, click here.