Multisensory Activities for Children with Special Needs & SEN + Home-School Tips / Part 1

My kids looooove Arts & Crafts, so whenever possible we try to do something new. Over the years I have noticed that from a learning standpoint it gives me the opportunity to integrate multisensory learning nuggets.

Stimulate the Senses NaomiMcLaughlan

You can integrate:

  • Visual stimulation though; colours, text, video, and images
  • Auditory focus on sound through; music, speech, rhymes, and creating poems
  • Tactile stimulation using the sense of touch and using; soft and hard items, experiment with different textures, temperatures, small and large objects
  • Kinesthetic use of body movement and involve fine and gross motor movement such as; movements paired with activities while counting, jumping rope, clapping, stomping, singing songs, dancing, beanbag tossing, basketball, rhythmic recall games, and academic competition such; quizzes or flashcard races

In this post and the upcoming post I will share some fun activities you can easily do at home.


How to Make Tie & Dye T-Shirts

Tie Dye 1 NaomiMcLaughlanWhat you need:       

  • Cotton T-Shirt
  • Dye (we used 4 different colours)
  • Plastic Screw-Top Bottles for easier Dye Application
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Rubber Bands
  • Apron
  • Plastic Bags (one for each T-shirt)

Please note: Each dye has slightly different instructions on how to mix it with water, therefore please refer to the manufacturer’s instruction for best results.

NaomiMcLaughlan Tie Dye Collage Gif 1How to create Tie & Dye Spirals

Step 1: Grab the centre of your t-shirt and start twisting it in a spiral

Step 2: Secure the T-shirt with 4 elastic rubber bands across the spiral

Step 3: Dye each part of the spiral in another colour

Step 4: Place the T-shirt in a plastic bag and let the dye work, so that it has time to react with the cloth for up to six hours.

Step 5: Take of the rubber bands and rinse the T-shirt until there is no remaining dye draining from the T-shirt.

Tie Dye Shirt NaomiMcLaughlan

NaomiMcLaughlan Tie Dye Collage Gif 2How to create Tie & Dye Horizontal Stripes

Step 1: Fold your T-shirt lengthwise.

Step 2: Tie as many rubber bands as you intent to create horizontal stripes along the T-shirt.

Step 3: Dye each part of the horizontal stripes in another colour.

Step 4: Place the T-shirt in a plastic bag and let the dye work, so that it has time to react with the cloth for up to six hours.

Step 5: Take of the rubber bands and rinse the T-shirt until there is no remaining dye draining from the T-shirt.

Tie Dye Collage NaomiMcLaughlan

SEN Tip: This visual and tactile activity allows your child to experience a wonderful transformation created by his or her own hands, which your child can later proudly wear and talk about.

Home-schooling Tip: You can use this activity to explore how dye cures, in which countries tie & dye is a common way to make colourful clothing, or how cotton is produced.


How to make Chocolate Coated Cake Pops

NaomiMcLaughlan Cake Pops 2

NaomiMcLaughlan Cake PopsWhat you need:

  • Sponge Cake
  • Milk Chocolate (melted)
  • White Chocolate (meted)
  • Chocolate Drops
  • Desiccated Coconut Flakes
  • Sugar Pearls
  • Cake Pop Sticks
  • Apron
  • Fondue (optional to melt the chocolate and to make the experience a little more special for your children, but it should be handled and supervised at all times with great care, due to the heat)

Step 1: Break, cut or form small squares or balls from your sponge cake.

Step 2: Place one cake pop stick in each cake square or ball.

Step 3: Dip the cake pop in chocolate.

Step 4: Coat each cake pop with chocolate drops, desiccated coconut flakes or sugar pearls.

Step 5: Allow the cake pops to dry, either facing down on a plate or standing up in a cup or cake pop stand.

SEN Tip: This tactile and kinestetic activity is excellent, as it allows your child to create an edible treat for him or herself or a hand-made gift for a friend or family member.

Home-schooling Tip: You can use this activity to explore the origins of chocolate, you can learn about the ingredients of chocolate and how they are transformed to chocolate products, or how cocoa beans grow and in which countries.

Please note: We used solely vegan and non-dairy products, as my daughter has serious food allergies and we avoided the use of nuts for the same reason.

I hope you will enjoy the activities as much as we did, Please LIKE & SUBSCIBE

All the Best,

Naomi xxx

P.S.:

If you like to read more about “Why teaching your child multisensory simultaneous helps her/his brain to function at its best!”, read my blog post here: https://naomimclaughlan.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/why-teaching-your-child-multisensory-simultaneous-helps-herhis-brain-to-function-at-its-best/

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