Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tabletop Sensory Garden

This tabletop garden is full of sensory flowers/items that children will enjoy touching and exploring! As the child feels the different flowers, be sure to have her name the colors and explain how each one feels.  


Brightly colored flower vase
Plastic leis
Plastic straws
Plastic loofah
Styrofoam balls
Plastic scrubbing dish pads
Wire cutters
Squishy caterpillar toy
Foam dish scrubber
Butterfly clip
Twisty tie
1.     Place five plastic leis in the metal flower vase. Push the leis down firmly. Set aside.
2.     Cut q-tips in half using wire cutters. Firmly push cut q-tips into Styrofoam ball until the ball is covered to desired thickness to create a flower, leaving room for a stem at the bottom.  Push a plastic straw into the bottom of the Styrofoam ball to create a stem. Set aside.
3.     Push another plastic straw into the plastic scrubbing dish pads. Set aside.
4.     Wrap the loop at the end of the squishy caterpillar toy several times until it is secured onto another plastic straw to create another flower. Set aside.
5.     Pull the foam top piece out of the foam dish scrubber.  Wrap the foam piece around another straw and secure with a metal twisty tie to create another flower. Set aside.
6.     Cut the string handle off of the loofah.  Push another plastic straw into the middle of the loofah to create another flower. Set aside.
7.     Take all the flowers you have created and push them into the leis in the flower vase, arranging them how you choose.
8.     Clip butterfly clip to the side of the flower vase.
9.     Your sensory garden is ready!

The project above was completed by one of our Master's of Occupational Therapy students at 
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and posted with permission.

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