An activity that uses the tactile and visual motor sensory systems is to search for items in a box of rice and beans. You get a small box (shoe box size or larger) and put in some dry rice and beans so that it is about half way full.
Then you need to get small toys that will be used in the rice and beans. You will need to take pictures of the toys so that the client can look at the picture and know what he is supposed to be finding.
Usually this game is done with vision occluded (can’t see what your looking for) so that they have to search through the sensory box and find each object by feel only. Depending on the needs of the client though, if you do the activity while they can see what they are searching for, it incorporates visual motor, and helps them learn to discriminate between shapes and textures.
You could add a completely different sensory component to it by putting cotton balls with different scents for the kids to try to find and match scent. You can use flavor extracts such as Peach Extract and vanilla extract as well as different essential oils such as lemon and peppermint. You would have to put the drops on and then wait for it to dry, leaving just the scent. I also found some clay charms that soak up both extract and essential oils and leave the terra cotta charm with a great smell.
- Shoe box
- Small toys or manipulatives
- Pictures of the toys
- Dry rice
- Dry beans
- Fine motor
- Tactile desensitization
- Tactile discrimination
- Visual motor integration
- Visual discrimination
- Figure ground
- Visual perceptual
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