I love sensory breaks! This is a list of sensory break ideas that I use with my little learners in my autism center and that I teach families to use with children in their homes. They are fun and effective at home or in an autism classroom. Make sure to print out your Sensory Break Cards to get started.
Sensory Break Ideas
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1. Ride your bike.
2. Play in a ball pit.
4. Take a bath.
5. Play with bubbles.
7. Do some jumping jacks.
8. Take the dog for a walk.
10. Go for a scooter ride.
12. Go for a hike.
13. Plant some flowers.
16. Have a dance party. (Listen to music and dance around.)
18. Hop on one foot.
19. Bounce up and down on both feet.
21. Jump in Fall leaves.
24. Crawl on your hands and knees.
26. Roll some play dough.
27. Run a race. (Set up a “goal” spot like a tree and whoever gets there first wins the race!)
28. Play a game of ping pong.
29. Water the flowers.
31. Feed the fish.
32. Go for a walk.
34. Go outside and take some photos.
36. Prepare a recipe together.
37. Go on a nature walk and pick up treasures (pinecones, feathers, pebbles, etc.).
39. Use a fan and fan yourself.
40. Hang upside down.
41. Listen to calming music.
43. Go for a scooter ride.
44. Toss a ball back and forth.
45. Go down the slide.
46. Blow up and pop balloons.
47. Fill a sticker album with stickers.
48. Play with slime.
49. Play basketball. (I love this mini b-ball hoop for little learners.)
50. Play with water beads.
Pro tip : if your child (or student) is sensitive to sound, I highly recommend having these noise-cancelling headphones on hand for use during these sensory break activities.
Sensory Break Ideas
I love sensory breaks! This is a list of sensory break ideas that I use with my little learners in my autism center and that I teach families to use with children in their homes. They will be fun and effective in your home or autism classroom too.
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