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It is the most wonderful time of the year! Football, falling leaves, apples, pumpkin, comfortable sweatshirts, boots, jeans…I just love ALL THE THINGS about fall. My kids are picking up that excitement this year. What’s quintessentially fall? Apples! We had fun with this apple stamping sensory activity.
I like to find sensory activities for our preschoolers. They both have autism and sensory processing disorder. It’s important to push the boundaries of their comfort zones a bit – all in the name of therapeutic fun, of course!
I cut the apples in half and filled paper plates with craft paint. Remember your art smocks! We used large t-shirts for the job.
C used to be very hesitant with tactile sensory input. He participated in activities like this as long as he didn’t need to touch the paint directly! Over time, he became more comfortable getting dirty. This is why I love sensory activities – it helps kids practice the unfamiliar and, soon, they become more comfortable with it! C grabbed an apple right away and got to work. I think his approach was fast and furious.
My little artist, Jo, was all about precision. She has always loved getting dirty and has a talent for finding every mess. But this time, she carefully placed her apple into the paint and pressed it onto her paper. Jo was concentrating on creating a masterpiece.
You can make this activity as structured or unstructured as you would like. Pre-cut some brown construction paper to make baskets for your little one to “fill” with apples. Or give your little artist a blank piece of construction paper and let their heart be their guide!
We went the unstructured route with our apple stamping activity, which C prefers! After filling his paper with apple stamps, he decided he wanted to mix paint colors. I encouraged his curiosity and willingness to get messy – though, my inner neat freak was a little concerned!
Do you prefer unstructured or structured sensory play?
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