I recently went to a wonderful presentation sponsored by the Indiana Resource Center For Autism (IRCA) on sensory ideas that was presented by two multi-talented Occupational Therapists, Kristi Jordan and Cheryl Boucher.
Among many other things presented, one BIG IDEA I got from their presentation is that sensory seeking children need THREE BIG MEALS of sensory a day and several “snacks” of sensory throughout the day. I never thought of sensory using the analogy of meals and snacks. I’ve used the language that some students need a “sensory diet” through out their day, but I’ve never thought about just how much they might need and when.
A big meal would be some kind of gross motor movement like jumping on a trampoline or running around a gym. A snack would be something like chewing on something like a straw or playing with silly putty.
In today’s video, I wanted to show you how you could make your own sensory sand to add to your student’s sensory diet that will cost much less than what you would pay at the store AND you could involve the kids in helping to make the sand with you! A 1.5 lb box of Kinetic Sand costs about $15.00 at a hobby store, but you can make multiple batches of Kinetic sand yourself for around $3!!!
Take a look!
The internet is full of recipes to make Kinetic Sand, so if you want to try another version, you have options!
Also, I wanted to include in today’s blog my own personal recipe for making play dough that will last longer and less expensive than what you can buy at the store.
Fool Proof Play Dough
2 ½ cups flour
1 cup salt
3 tablespoons cooking oil
2 cups boiling water
4 tsp cream of tartar
Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Add oil and water. Stir quickly, mixing well. When cool, mix with hands. Store in air- tight containers.
Great texture!!! Long Lasting!!!
Hope you enjoy your Kinetic Sand and Play Dough!!!
Take care and I’ll see you next time!