What’s a holiday without glitter? ‘Not one that’s fun’, I’m often told by the kids I work with. Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays where glitter seems especially appropriate! While it would be fun to simply have a glitter party, watching the pieces sparkle slowly to the ground (trust me, we’ve done that before!), I thought that creating sensory boxes with glitter may be a fun alternative.
Items included in the sensory box that we created were as follows:
- Different sized beads
- Smooth plastic hearts
- Felt heart stickers
When kids had their eyes open, skills utilized included visual motor/perceptual skills and tactile discrimination/integration. To incorporate fine motor integration skills, I would introduce different sized tweezers to take out the objects, and/or have the child utilize a pincer grasp pattern. When kids had their eyes closed, this made the activity more difficult across the board, and incorporated the skill of stereognosis (that is, finding, discriminating, and identifying objects by the sense of touch alone).
What was fun about this activity was its simplicity to create and execute, allowing it to be replicated across a wide variety of environments (i.e.-at home, the classroom, a therapy space, etc.)
I hope that you have a lovely , sparkly, and glittery Valentine’s Day!!