I value how sensory pathways are indispensable for kids! I’ve seen it first hand with my own daughter. I’ve created a free version so that all kids can benefit!
Sensory pathways (also known as sensory paths, sensory walkways, etc) help kids to develop gross motor skills, balance, and coordination. They also provide an opportunity for kids to explore their senses and learn about the world around them.
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How to Set Up Your Sensory Pathway
Sensory paths can be as simple or as complex as you like. You can use a variety of materials to create your sensory path, such as foam mats, yoga balls, hula hoops, bean bags, etc. Get creative and have fun with it!
Download your printable and print off the pages. Some people prefer cardstock, some prefer paper and they laminate the sheets. Now keep in mind – if you laminate them they may become slippery.
Another idea is to cover the pieces with clear Con-Tact! They will stay put on the floor & wall without the possible slip & fall.
In between your various paths, you could:
- Create a hopscotch path using foam mats or walk in the line with painter’s tape
- Make a balance beam using yoga balls or hula hoops
- Create an obstacle course using bean bags, cones, or other obstacles
- Set up a sensory table with different textures and materials for kids to explore
Sensory Activity Ideas to Include in Your Path
- Taste: Hide small pieces of food (such as raisins or chocolate chips) along the path for kids to find and taste.
- Smell: Place scented objects (such as essential oils or spices) along the route for kids to identify.
- Sight: Use bright colors, patterns, and lights to create a visually stimulating path.
- Sound: Incorporate noise-makers, music, or auditory cues into the path.
Things to keep in mind when creating a sensory pathway:
- Choose an appropriate location. Indoor paths can be created in hallways, classrooms, or even bedrooms. Outdoors, look for a flat, safe area with enough space for kids to move around.
- Make it challenging but doable. The path should be stimulating and engaging, but not so difficult that kids get frustrated or give up.
- Incorporate a variety of sensory experiences. Touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound can all be incorporated into the path.
- Keep it fresh. Once kids have mastered a particular path, mix things up by changing the order of the activities or adding new ones.
Sensory paths are a great way to get kids moving and engaged. By incorporating a variety of senses, they can be tailored to any age group and provide an engaging and stimulating activity.
Please note: this is not intended to be medical advice. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, please consult with a doctor or occupational therapist. Always supervise your child during play.