Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Support

OT Activities 

Sensory Activities




-brushing varied brushes, textures, drawing with chalk on the body, and erasing with varied textures
-massage- varied oils, powders
-sensory play- water, sand, corn meal, finger paint, play doh, clay
-tactile discrimination activities- retrieving objects from closed box or hidden in rice, beans etc.
-face and body painting
-bubble baths
-body tattoos- tattoo/stickers on body parts


-swinging- toddler, sling, platform, hammock, inner tube, trapeze
-jumping- pillows, trampoline, rebounder
-Bouncing- on large ball, on pillows
-rolling- in barrel, rolling up in blanket, rolling on large ball
-spinning- on chair with wheels, sit n spin toy
-rocking- rocking horse, rocking chair
-hanging upside down- off couch, off lap, from monkey bars, from trapeze bars
-climbing- on playground equipment, on designated furniture
-wheeled toys- roller blades/roller blades, wagons, trikes, scooters
-riding on moving equipment- car, elevator, water bed, chair on wheels
-playground equipment- slides, teeter totter, merry-go-round
gross motor games- catch, soccer, basketball, tag, ball hockey, hopscotch


-rough and tumble play- play wrestling
-tug of war- rope or fabric
-crawling- through tunnels and boxes
-stair climbing- bumping down stairs
-pulling/pushing- weighted cart, wagon or buggy
-catching- throwing heavy weighted ball
-wheelbarrow walking
-scooter board activities
-hitting a punching bags
-pulling apart resistant toys/objects
-squishing between pillows
-squeezing stress balls
-joint compressions
-heavy exercise- push ups, sit ups
-pounding/rolling out large play doh
-hanging from trapeze
-gross motor activities-obstacle courses, stretching and toning exercises


-slow rocking, rocking chair, lap, sitting, prone
-slow/linear swinging
-vibration- pillow/toy
-deep pressure massage
-joint compressions
-snuggling- in a sleeping bag, in bean bag chair, in large pillows
-weighted vest or collar
-lycra spandex clothing
-rythms-repetitionof slow, strong rhythms (song or Rhymes)
-heavy lifting/carrying/pushing/pulling
-warm bath
-stress balls
-chewing- gum, fruit rollup, beef jerky, bungee cord, tubing
-sucking- candy, curly straws
-hide-out/quiet corner- with large pillows


-fast spinning
-spinning on a chair, sit-n spin
-quick bouncing- on ball/lap
-wheeled toys- quick ride on wagon,trike
-chewing ice chips
-sucking-popsicles, frozen grapes,sour candy
-drinking ice water
-cold water play
-playing loud musical instruments
-cause and effect sound and light toy

Sensory Play
There are so many ways to help your child with his Sensory Processing Disorder that can be fun! 

Texture play
Get plastic containers large enough to let a child play in it and filled them up with things like pasta, rice, oatmeal, beans, etc. In each container, keep some plastic spoons and plastic measuring cups for scooping and playing. Be Careful it can be messy!

Its so much fun to squeeze the paint in our fingers and be messy!! Paint a picture together, just you and your child. It's best to purchase paints that are washable.

Clay Play.
Play with clay or Play-Doh. Let your child squish and squeeze and cover his hands.... take out rolling pin, cookie cutters ect. (see how to make play dough below)


Water Play
Let your child play in a backyard pool, public pool,  let him take a container of water outside to play with or you could let your child help you wash your pets/car or do the dishes with you.


Give your child a gentle massage. Massage your child's head run your fingers through there hair if he has trouble getting his hair brushed or washed. Tickle your child's face, back or legs. Use creams/lotions and gels with different scents to no scents. Purchase feathers or a few brushes that feel different in textures that your child likes. My child for example like to be touches with one of those cooking brushes made of silicone to rub over her skin.


Cloud Dough Recipe

What do you need to make Cloud Dough?

-8 cups of Flour
-1 cup of baby oil

How do you make Cloud Dough?

Mix the flour and baby oil together with your hands in a large container until the dough holds together when squeezed. It could take 3-5 minutes of mixing

Home Made Flubber  

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 cups Elmer white glue
food coloring •1 1/3 cups warm water
3 teaspoons borax

1.In one container mix 1 1/2 cups warm water, white glue and a few drops of food coloring.
2.In a second container mix 1 1/3 cups of warm water and Borax.
3.Mix the Borax mixture into the glue mixture until combined. (may be some liquid in bottom of container).
4.Place flubber on a tray and let stand for a few minutes before playing with it!
5.Store in air tight container.

Home Made Moon Sand 


Mix together:

4 cups sand

2 cups corn flour

1 cup of water

Home Made Finger Paint


What do you need to make finger paints?

Food coloring
Plastic cups


How do you make finger paints?

Add 2 T of sugar into a sauce pan.

Add 1/3 cup of flour to the saucepan as well

Mix with 2 cups of water and whisk until smooth. Turn on the heat and stir continually until the mixture thickens

Pour into your plastic cups equally. You'll one cup for every color of paint you'd like to make.

Mix in a couple drops of food coloring and stir until completely dissolved. Let cool completely




Homemade Bath Crayons

Buy some glycerin soap at a craft store. Melt it in the microwave, add food coloring, and pour into a mold. I used an ice cube tray. You can also add essential oils if you go for scents, though I find that a bit unnecessary for bath crayons. Takes about an hour to cool completely, then pop out of the mold and you have crayons!

 Rainbow Shaving Cream Bath Paints

What you'll need:

foaming shaving cream - I got the stuff for sensitive skin
food colouring
container - I used a silicone muffin pan and it was beyond perfect
paint brushes

How to make it:

1. squirt some foaming shaving cream in each of the 6 compartments of your muffin tin
2. add food colouring to each one to make whatever colours you want - I did rainbow colours. Mix them up well.
3. give to your kiddo in the tub and let them have a blast!

Baked Cotton Balls

what you need

1 cup flour

1 cup water

cotton balls

food coloring (optional)

what you do

1. combine and mix the flour and water

 I added a little extra water because it was pretty thick

2. Pour mixture into separate bowls (if you're going to make different colors)

3. Add food coloring OR use as is. (you can paint them after they are baked)

4. Dip your cotton balls into the mixture. Fully coat them and then place on a greased cookie sheet.

5. Bake for 45 minutes-an hour at 300 degrees

You can also make them touch on the cookie sheet and they'll bake together to form whatever shape you arranged them in!

 Whip Cream Paints

Use whipped cream to make an edible paint for your kids. They can get very messy and its safe, even for babies

What do you need to make it?

electric mixer
1 cup whipped cream (the whip-your-own kind that comes in a carton)
food coloring

How do you make it?

Put 1 cup of whipped cream in a mixing bowl and mix with electric mixer. Add food coloring until you have the desired color. Paint and have fun!

 Playing In A Pool Of Flour

Shared By a Parent:  I went to the grocery store and bought a 20lb bag of all purpose flour. Dumped it into a plastic,blow up kiddie pool and let the boys at it. Easier to clean up then sand and the boys loved the feel of it!!

Sensory Activity Table  

Here is our very simple obstacle course. The hop scotch was a gift but I think it came from cvs or somewhere like that. We also have a hoola hoop and nap mat for other "tricks". Or instead of hop scotch we might do animal walks (even just a few big hops).

My Ian getting on the swing....his favorite!

Here is a picture of my son, Nicholas, last summer. He received Crayola's Sidewalk Paint for his 4th birthday and after a long afternoon of using the paintbrush and the roller outside I got him to actually finger paint on the sidewalk. It was such a huge step for him because he hated getting his hands dirty and didn't like the feeling of anything sticky or mushy on his hands. He still doesn't like his hands dirty and washes them often but he's much better about not freaking out about it, now he just washes often and needs to have baby wipes available when we are not home. It's a therapy tool I would have never thought of or tried with him. I'm so happy he got that as a gift for his birthday last year.

 Halloween sensory bag

 I made this bag of "water balls" for my spd kiddo. We have played with them in plastic shoe box totes, but this time I threw them in a bag. Traveling, waiting rooms, grocery store. I've taken it everywhere. Big help!!! Thought I'd share our! sucess!!! Jessica Hogue

 Playing In Jello

 This is Ally she is four...loves to swing. She could probably swing all day

 Glow Water

 Baby oil and blue water sensory bag

 Coloring with ice

 Cloud dough

 Edible pudding paint


 Sensory Squares

 Milk painting:)