The season of love is in full swing, and we want to encourage you to embrace the season and bond with your loved ones by making some sensory friendly crafts. These crafts are sure to keep you entertained, all while providing the many benefits of sensory activities. The benefits can vary by individual needs, but generally sensory activities includes any activity that stimulates your child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight or hearing. Sensory activities encourage exploration and to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.

Check out some of our favorite sensory crafts that’ll inspire you this Valentine’s Day:

 

1) I Spy Love Sensory Bottle:
Sensory bottles are great comforting tools for individuals with autism. They provide a safe distraction that allows your child to focus on the visual aspect of the bottle, naturally regulating their breathing and emotions. You and your child can make this sensory bottle even more special by adding pictures of loved ones.

Find all details and directions at this link.

 

2) Red Hot Slime:
Show your child how mixing ingredients can cause a chemical reaction with this uniquely textured slime. All while encouraging their fine motor and social skills, as they knead the slime and describe the texture.

Find all details and directions at this link.

 

3) Frozen Heart Painting:
Make your creations with love, literally. With this activity your child can see the heating process in action as they paint away. Art therapy can be extremely effective for children who find it difficult to communicate verbally and would rather use a more creative outlet.

Find all details and directions at this link. 

 

4) Valentine Scented Sensory Bin:
This craft not only smells great, but also helps stimulate your child’s various senses while limiting the messy factor. You and your child can create a contained area to explore and play on their own terms, making it the perfect activity for children that have sensory processing difficulties.  

Find all details and directions at this link.

 

5) Valentine’s Day Themed Density Jar
If you’re looking for an educational craft, this is the perfect activity for you and your child. Allowing them to explore the concept of density, while promoting mental and physical relaxation as their stress levels decrease.

Find all details and directions at this link.

 

We hope you have fun trying out some of these activities with your family. If you do get the opportunity to get crafty in any way, tag us using #MyAutism in your photos.

Wishing you a very happy Valentine’s Day from the team at the American Autism Association.

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