Spring-Themed Sensory Activities

Instructor: Elizabeth Diehl

Elizabeth studied to be a special education teacher at Regis University, and received her masters in 2014.

When you think of spring, what do you think of? You might think of flowers blooming, baby animals, and the changing weather. These ideas also make great themes for sensory activities in your classroom.

Ways to Bring Spring into Your Classroom Routine

Since sensory activities are broadly defined as anything that can be experienced with one or more senses, they can be applied in diverse ways throughout your day to meet the needs of curriculum and areas of interest. Sensory activities can be ways to calm or energize students with specific sensory processing needs, but they also provide positive ways to build language, practice play skills, and even improve fine motor skills with all your students. These ideas are geared for kindergarten students but could be amended to fit your individual students' needs and abilities too. Hopefully, you will think of other ways to share springtime themes in your sensory activities.

Flower Ideas

With spring comes flowers, and these are great subjects for students to explore with their senses. Within the sandbox or sand table, students can 'plant' a garden, by using small shovels, rakes, and hoes to move the sand and prepare the area for planting. Using inexpensive silk flowers, glass rocks, small flower pots, watering cans, and similar items adds realism and sensory interest for your young gardeners.

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