Do you ever see pins on Pinterest about creating a sensory wall for your children? I have, and I’m in love with anything related to sensory integration. So I sat down and started designing a concept for a sensory wall!
I wanted a wall filled with all my child’s favorite things to increase his sense of wonder with the tactile (touch) sensation. Best yet, I wanted to make sure the sensory wall was interactive enough to be used as a calming tool for meltdowns.
If you wanted always wanted to design and create a sensory wall for the home, now you can! Follow these easy instructions and set aside some time to make a sensory wall masterpiece!
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Why Create A Sensory Wall?
A sensory wall provides incredible benefits for children with sensory processing disorder and those on the autism spectrum.
But just because your child doesn’t have sensory issues or autism, doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from sensory integration activities.
According to Autism Research Institute:
“Sensory integration is an innate neurobiological process and refers to the integration and interpretation of sensory stimulation from the environment by the brain.”
For children (with or without autism) sensory walls helps stimulate the brain so it works better for interpreting and processing sensory information from the outside world.
And the more sensory integration included into your child’s day, the more their brain is able to process sensory stimulation from the environment.
When sensory integration is added to your child’s life, you will see profound benefits which include an increase in attention and focus and a decrease in anxiety and stress.
Benefits Of Sensory Integration
- Calms meltdowns and sensory overload
- Helps calm tactile sensitivity
- Decreases repetitive (stimming) behavior
- Increases attention span
- Helps develop emotional regulation
- Increases brain connections
Tips For Creating A DIY Sensory Wall
Follow Your Children’s Interests
For my son its anything circular! He has autism so he tends to be fascinated with circular objects like marbles, wheels on toy cars and trucks and even rolls of duct tape.
If you notice your child prefers certain textures like puffy pom poms the include those type of soft texture on your wall.
Choose Vibrant/Bold Colors
Nothing g catches the eye from small children like bright vibrant colors! Add as many elements that are eye catching as possible. The vibrancy as sensory wall has. The longer your child will interact with it!
Think Outside The Box
Get creative. Look around your house for whatever craft supplies you have on hand that add texture and color and can be hot glued on a corkboard.
Things like extra fabric pieces, unused sponges, pipe cleaners, and more.
Everything You Need:
While everyone’s sensory wall is different depending on your children’s interests, here is everything I included.
Framed corkboard– this is where you will glue all your sensory items. I suggest a family large size corkboard.
Full size hot glue gun– A large size one.
Fabric– I chose multiple different fabrics by going to a fabric store and touching the fabrics to look for texture variety.
Sequin fabric– I chose a rainbow Sequins and made it the focal point on the sensory wall. These come in a multitude of colors!
Wine corks– I had these lying around.
Pom poms– Different sizes.
Resin glitter numbers
Plastic succulents– Cut off the stems
Colorful straws– I stretched some of the straws out and when you run your nail over them they create different sounds.
- Take the corkboard and start designing a layout of where you want to put all your sensory items on the board with a pen or marker. Make sure to label!
- Place your favorite (or child’s favorite) sensory item in the center as your focal point.
- Plugin your glue gun to begin glueing away.
- Be patient! For my sensory wall it took me over well over two days. It is time consuming, but completely worth it.
- Hang or bold to the wall for your children to see and touch every day!
This DIY sensory wall is an amazing tool for sensory integration or a sensory diet for children with autism sensory processing disorder. But even if your children don’t have sensory issues or autism, they can benefit from a sensory experience every day.
So grab all the sensory wall essentials above and get glueing!