Our January issue focused on children with special needs, including a section about autism and its related disorders. Children with autism spectrum disorders frequently have issues with processing sensory input, and activities which stimulate the senses are helpful in treatment or play. I stumbled across a craft idea today for making “sensory stepping stones” and thought I would share it with our readers.
You will need the following supplies for this project:
- cardboard (enough to make 4-8 large circles)
- cotton balls, straws, paper, yarn, sponges – any items you have in your home that are safe for little toes
1. Trace several circles (a dinner plate or bowl is a good size for this) onto the cardboard and cut them out.
2. Glue items to the surface of the circles to give each one a unique texture.
3. Allow them to dry, and use for play.
This activity can be beneficial in several ways. You can ask your child to close his/her eyes and guess what the textures are. You can use the stepping stones for pretend play (they could be rocks in a rushing creek – stay on them to keep your feet dry!) The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
Source for project: wendyjanelle.blogspot.com