Sensory & Nature: The Importance Of Outdoor Play

There’s a reason why the concept of sensory is firmly rooted within nature. Gardens, beaches, woods and parks are all wildly vivid sensory environments for us to experience and explore.

Whether that’s the ticklish feeling on the soles of your feet when walking across grass, a cool sea breeze blowing through your hair, or the shining sun warming up the skin on your arms. Nature is perhaps one of the most important parts of our sensory existence, an environment for us to connect with ourselves and our senses.

It’s also great for our health and mood. Sunlight and exercise increase our levels of serotonin, which help us feel happier and relaxed.

So, to extend the sensory excitement of the outdoors, we thought that we’d share some of our top picks for creating an outdoor sensory extravaganza!

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Multisensory and Mental Health

Senses are a central part of our lives. They wake us up in the morning, inspire us throughout the day, and help us get to sleep at night. They spark joy, colour and enjoyment into our existence.

Although, when our senses fall out of balance, our lives can quickly fall out of balance too.

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Supporting the Transition From Home-School to the Classroom

Annually one phrase calls an end to the summer holidays; much like marmite, it creates a polarising effect for whoever hears it. It is a love/hate relationship that causes excitement, anxiety and panic buying of new pencil cases for both students and teachers alike.

Back to school

Returning to formal learning environments after the long summer break can be a stressful concept for students. And the start of the 2020/21 school year is going to be uniquely stressful and overwhelming; especially for the 1.3 million children with special educational needs who might have found comfort in their relaxed home learning environments.

Not only will the normal 6 week summer break have lasted for an unprecedented 23 weeks, but students will also be returning to somewhat alien classrooms – new layouts, altered breaktimes and smaller class sizes, among other changes. Leaving few elements of normalcy for children to return to, making their transition back to school that bit more difficult. (more…)

Cleaning Your Sensory Room

 

Welcoming kids back to school after an extended break is always a little manic, and everything is more manic at the moment as we need to follow social distancing measures.

Neurodiverse children might find their change of environment stressful, and falling back into a routine that they’ve not been in for a while could prove difficult.

Your Sensory Room might be more important now than it ever has been. So, it is important that you keep it safe and clean for everyone to use, whenever they need it.

We’ve put together a handy guide to help you figure out where to start, when it comes to preparing your Sensory Room for sanitary use. (more…)

Make your own Sensory Tub

Sensory Tubs are great DIY hands-on tactile experiences for kids, and the perfect sensory activity for parents who aren’t fond of mess.

Remember: What starts in the tub, stays in the tub.

They’re inexpensive to make. You can get creative while you’re creating one. And you can add whatever you like to your tub; stimulating your senses in the way that works best for you. This type of hands-on tactile play is great for bringing distracted minds back into focus, ready to discover their senses.

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