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.
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.
- Taste (sometimes!)
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.
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
- Valentine Sensory Bin from Fantastic Fun and Learning
- Valentine Themed Sensory Bottle from Teaching Mama
- Valentine Sensory Tub
- Glitter Glue Valentine’s Sensory Bin from Little Bin for Little Hands
- Valentine’s Sensory Bin from Simple Fun for Kids
- Valentine’s Sensory Tub from The Imagination Tree
- Simple Valentine’s Sensory Bin from The Chaos and the Clutter
- Find the Hearts Valentine Sensory Bin from Gift of Curiosity
- Valentine’s Activity Bin from Happy Hooligans
- Valentine’s Pasta Sensory Bin from Life Over C’s
- Valentine’s Treasure Dig from Living, Life, and Learning
- Valentine’s Preschool Activities Sensory Bin from 3 Boys and a Dog
- Pretty Pink Sensory Bin from Life Over C’s
- Sweet Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin from Living Montessori Now
- Falling Hearts Sensory Bottle from Rhythm’s of Play
- Red Hot Slime for Valentine’s Day from Lemon Lime Adventures
- Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin with Chickpeas from And Next Comes L
- Valentine’s Ice Hearts from PreK Pages
- Valentine’s Day Sensory Board from Mama Smiles (I love this idea!)
- Baking Soda and Vinegar Hearts Sensory Play from Simple Fun for Kids
- Love Potion Chemistry Experiment from Parenting Chaos
- Valentine’s Slime Play from Little Bins for Little Hands
Looking for more sensory friendly activities for autistic kids? I’m making it a goal to bring you a new list every week!