A Sensory Area in Your Home
It’s the dream of many parents with children living with a range of disabilities to create a whole sensory room. A separate area where sensory play and fun can be enjoyed without interruption. This isn’t always possible but building your own sensory wall can be much simpler and it can be affixed to the regular wall of a bedroom to add an extra interactive fun element to any child’s room.
The importance of sensory play and stimulation cannot be disputed. It can be a valuable way of helping children with disabilities connect with their environments and learn in a way that suits their physical and emotional capabilities. There are many different ways of building a sensory wall so this is just our example. Our previous post looked at creating a sensory cube, now let’s look at making a sensory wall.
The wall can be specific to your child, like this board for children who love locks and door latches!
Making your Sensory Wall
You will need:
- A large wooden board/piece of MDF to cover the wall area you’re planning to make
- Cable clips or similar for securing hard to hold items
- Plastic chains
- Carpet and Wallpaper swatches and scraps
- A mirror
- A pushable light
- Locks of different types (chain lock/slide lock)
- Tissue paper and foil (for scrunching and crunching)
- Fibre optic cables
- Squeaky Balls/Toys
- A curtain pole, fixtures and fittings & dark curtain
One you’ve laid out all your items you can spread them equally over the board and secure them in place. Items such as the squeaky toys can be nailed onto the board so they can still be pressed and made a noise and the tissue paper and foil can be placed in a nailed or glued plastic envelope so they can be easily replaced.
The curtain rail and dark curtain are provided so you can affix this to the top of the board, allowing it to be covered when not in use and also to avoid overstimulation and the urge to get out of bed at night to continue playing!
This is just our suggestion and there are many more interesting and innovative ideas out there such as those shown on this Pinterest board:
We also love this idea of Mother Geek who made her children a Lego Wall. The beauty of this design is that is can be extended and grow with the family!
If the space for a sensory wall isn’t available then consider making sensory books or boards that can be packed away. If your children’s room includes this sensory element alongside the other homemade sensory toys we’ve shared then you can be sure they’ll be kept busy and stimulated.
Sensory Room Video Ideas
This video from the Global Hydranencephaly Foundation shows some really great ideas to include in your child’s sensory room:
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