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When it comes to planning holiday parties or even everyday activities for autistic kids, there’s a tendency to look for sensory friendly activities. This holds true when you’re planning a sensory friendly birthday party or just looking for an afterschool or school break activity. I want to start sharing some of my favorites with you and we’ll begin with sensory friendly Valentine’s Day activities.

These sensory friendly Valentine's Day activities are perfect for an indoor playdate or preschool.

What is a sensory friendly activity?

So you may be wondering just what makes a sensory friendly activity sensory friendly. Well, while I can’t say for certain; I look for the following qualities. It needs to be an activity that involves the senses.

  • Sight
  • Touch
  • Taste (sometimes!)
  • Smell
  • Sound

For autistic kids, some sensory activities may be preferred over others. For example, a sensory seeker may search out the tactile/touch but avoid the smell or sound.

My autistic daughter LOVES sensory bins. Anything with beans or rice, especially. But, because of her high risk for PICA, she has to be monitored closely when it comes to any sort of hands-on sensory activity.

I’ll be honest with you- I’m not a huge fan of slime. Nope.

Too much tactile for me.

I love playdough though as I find it to be quite the stress reliever.

Sensory jars? Beautiful.

But, actually putting my hands in stuff? Not so much. Or at least not anymore. When I was younger, yes. As an adult? I’ll pass.

Valentine’s Day themed Sensory Bottles & Bins

These sensory friendly Valentine's Day activities for kids can also be used for those on the autism spectrum.

Looking for more sensory friendly activities for autistic kids? I’m making it a goal to bring you a new list every week!

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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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