Sensory Art and Science Projects

Sensory Art and Science Projects

Every child loves arts and crafts time, but sometimes certain projects are harder on kids with sensory processing disorder. Different crafts might be suitable for one child, while another might strongly dislike it. At PediaPlex, we are very familiar with creating fun sensory art and science projects for all of our friends so we wanted to share a few fun ones with you that you can do at home! While every child has their own specific sensitivities, we tried to list projects that will be suitable for most kiddos but have added in ways to make it work for all! If you haven’t yet, be sure to subscribe to the PediaPlex YouTube channel to watch videos of a few of these!

Liquid Chalk (Watch the video!)

This is a great art project for kids with sensory processing disorder! If your child doesn’t like the texture of chalk, the sound of it on concrete, or the dust on their hands then this is for them! With liquid chalk you are able to eliminate all of those uncomfortable sounds and feelings.

What You Need:
-1 cup of water
-1 cup of baking soda
-1 cup of cornstarch or corn flour
-Food coloring (your choice of color)

How to Make:
First, put your cup of water into a bowl. From there you will add your cup of baking soda and mix until combined. Next, add in your cornstarch. Once everything is nice and combined you will add your food coloring and stir that in. Take your liquid chalk outside and try drawing on the concrete with a paintbrush. Make this educational by drawing out your ABC’s or counting to 10!

Shaving Cream Paint

This art project is a super fun and non-messy way to stimulate your child’s senses because they are able to paint with their fingers. If your child is sensitive to the texture of shaving cream you can use a paint brush instead of their fingers! Finger painting is a great sensory activity for kids to experiment with different textures as well as work on fine motor skills.

What You Need:
-Shaving cream
– Washable nontoxic paint such as Crayola brand  (your choice of colors)
-A tray
-Optional: add tiny objects to hide in the shaving cream!

How to Make:
To get started, take your tray and fill it up with shaving cream. If you’re wanting to hide objects in the shaving cream, you can start placing those as you fill up the tray. Once you’ve used your desired amount of shaving cream, add in a few dots of paint (you can use as little or as much as you’d like!) From here, your child can start playing with it and painting! Your child can either use their hands or tongs to find the objects you’ve hidden or just use a paintbrush to make designs with the paint.

Slime (Watch the video!)

This is a great and actually not messy project that you can make at home! With this slime recipe you are left with little to no mess at all which makes this a PediaPlex mom approved project! This slime is a great homemade project that can be used to create fun shapes or letters and work on fine motor skills.

What You Need:
-2/3 cup of Elmer’s glue
-1/2 tsp of baking soda
-1/4 cup of water
-1.5 tbsp of contact solution
-2-3 cups of shaving cream (use your best judgement)
-Food coloring (your choice of color)

How to Make:
When we did this project at PediaPlex we got creative and added of the ingredients into balloons first so that we could have fun popping them and getting the ingredients out. You don’t have to do this but it’s a fun way to do it! First, add your glue to a bowl and then add your baking soda. Next, pour your water into the bowl and then after that add your contact solution. Finally you can add your shaving cream and start to mix all of the ingredients together. Depending on the consistency of your slime, you might need to add a touch more of some of the ingredients. The more shaving cream you add the more fluffy it will be! Once everything is nice and combined you can add in the food coloring and stir again until it’s all combined. Now it’s time to play!

We hope you enjoy all of these fun sensory art projects! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and our other social media sites so that you can stay up to date with all of our art and science projects!

-The PediaPlex Family

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