I am a huge fan of sensory projects and so are my little learners with autism at my center. This fun train sponge painting sensory activity is a great sensory activity and an easy way to teach your child to spell his or her first name.
Train sponge painting sensory activity for children with autism :
Materials needed for this project :
- 2 Mini sponges
- Paint (in at least 2 colors – we used these red & blue fingerpaints from Hema)
- White paper
- A black marker
Steps to make the sponge painted trains :
Step 1 : Use the cotton balls to cover each sponge with paint.
Step 2 : Stamp the paper to create the trains. Alternate colors. (Stamp one time for each letter or your child’s name. For example, for A-L-I-X you will need 4 stamped trains!)
Step 3 : Use the black marker to draw wheels.
Step 4 : Draw one letter in each train car to spell your child’s name.
Skills you can teach with this train sponge painting sensory activity for children with autism :
- Sensory play
- Fine motor skills
- Following instructions
- Family interaction
Teaching your child to spell his name :
You can use this fun train sponge painting sensory activity to teach your child to spell his or her name. Just add the letters of your child’s name in each train car (one letter per train car).
You could even cut out the train cars and ask your child to put them in order to spell his or her name.
Magnetic trains activity book :
Step it up a notch by pairing this educational activity with a cool magnetic kids book about trains!
I absolutely love this magnetic Thomas the train engine activity book.
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