Introduction

The idea was to create a sensory game that was quick and easy that involved shapes and colours which also becomes fun and educational for children. It helps the children to learn their shapes and colours. We made this for children who are on the ASD spectrum and have sensory difficulties so they can go at their own pace so it doesn’t become so overwhelming for them.


We wanted to use materials such as felt. It’s soft to touch and easy to cut to shape. Felt comes in all different sizes and different colours too you are spoilt for choice.

This game is good for

*Visual
*hand and eye coordination
*Fine gross motor skills
*Educational

Things you need to create this sensory game 

You will need the following items
*Felt (colours of your choice)
*scissors
*Glue
*Shapes template
*pen

Steps how to make the sensory shape game-

Step 1
Draw 4 shapes on to the chosen coloured felt with the template.
Step 2
Cut out the four different shapes.
Step 3
Glue one of each shape on a different piece of chosen coloured felt.
Step 4
Cut out more shapes if needed
Step 5
Write the shape name under each correct shape so you know what they are.

 

How to play

There two different ways-
1) mixing the shapes up first then-placing the correct shape on top of the correct shape on the board.


2) Same coloured shapes. match each shape and colour to those on the board. For example, the blue circle matches the blue circle shape on the board.

For both of the games mentioned, we suggest when the shape is placed on top of the one on the board, the name of the shape is read out to identify the correct shape to the players.

Summary

This is a cheap, fun educational sensory game to make and play for children who are on the spectrum.

Children can learn how to make this game and play it with there parents, teacher, careers etc go and give it a play happy learning your shapes and colours.

This may seem like an easy, simple sensory play item. You may read this title and say either 'Oh yes' or 'Really?' - sshredded paper really is a fun activity for your kids.

Why shredded paper?

You may ask the question, why is shredded paper fun? Let me start to give my answer with a counter question of 'Have you tried running your hands through shredded paper?'.

The reason I start with that counter question is, if you have then you would start to understand the sensory input you get from something so easy and simple.

The way shredded paper feels; the way it clings together when in tubs. It just gives a great, and indescribable, sensory response to touch.

For children that love to run things through their fingers it gives such a tactile sensory input. This is perfect if your child loves playing with items then can let sprinkle through their fingers.

The great thing is it's so simple to make and virtually cost free.

Creating your shredded paper

We use a standard paper shredded to create our shredded paper; though you could rip the paper into strips yourself. This would just take time.

With the cost of a paper shredder having come down to very affordable prices, it pay be something to invest in.

To make the shredded paper you just need:

Simple put the paper in the shredded. Once you've shredded enough just place it in the tub and let your child play.

The cost of creating this, for us, is zero. We use old junk mail and bills because its items we no longer once - and it's even recycling. If you don't have a shredded or tub then you have to factor in this cost - though they are going to give you more use in the future.

One con about shredded paper

I could take some time to go through the Pro's of shredded paper - but I feel it's going to be quicker talking about the only Con I can think of.

Shredded paper gets everywhere. Yep, you will be cleaning it up for a while. That's it, the only negative. You could wander about things such as paper cuts. We've never experienced any ourselves with our kids - but it is a consideration you need to take in for any paper play.

Other than that - it's a cheap fun sensory activity for you to do with your kids.

Shredded Paper Play
Shredded Paper Play

Many children love to play with items that they can run there hand through. One of the favourite sensory activities we found is to be with pasta.

This is such a fun activity to do with children on a wet and dry day.

You want the colour of the pasta is colourful and vibrant so that it catches the eyes of young children. This activity is good for children with sensory needs or even without. It’s a great activity all around. Children can explore by scooping and pouring into different containers even mixing different coloured pasta together. They can also try different shapes and sizes too to give it the extra fun factor.

This activity is good to help children
* To be calm and focused
* to help with Hand and eye coordination
* to practice fine motor skills.

What do we need to make colored pasta

It's easy how to make colored pasta. To make the colored pasta we need the following ingredients.

Ingredients

You will need to gather the following ingredients.
* 1 bag of dry pasta
* Food colouring
* Vinegar
* Re-sealable bags
* Greece proof paper
* A plastic storage container

Steps on how to make your coloured pasta

Once you’ve gathered all the ingredients the next step is to create your colored pasta:

How to make coloured pasta
How to make coloured pasta
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