Theraputty in 6 resistances. You can add small toys or poker chips to add an element of fun and additional work.
Pop bead critters. Okay, maybe not completely sensory, but it does work on fine motor skills.
Alex Toys Sand Box. Add toys, use fingers or a chopstick to draw with. If you keep checking Amazon, I have seen it recently for $22 (at which point I snatched up two). So, keep checking back. Actually – it’s $13.99 right now (1/10/2010).
Dried beans – 15 bean soup gives you a nice mix of 15 different types of beans.
Rice. You can dye rice different colors with food coloring and alcohol.
Target sells flat 11 x 14 inch covered Sterilite containers for scrapbooking paper storage. They make great table top bins for beans and rice play.
Also, I’m saving my plastic coffee cans to add beans and rice to so that they kids can dip their whole hands in and search for little toys at the bottom.
Another great sensory play tub is flour mixed with cocoa powder – soft silky texture with a great smell!
A covered underbed storage container makes for a decent portable sandbox. I’m thinking of pulling this one in from our back deck, now that it’s getting too crummy to go outside much here in the midwest.
Kazoos. Recorders. Whistles.
A bean bag chair to sit on provides proprioreceptive input. Target sells large ones for $15 occasionally.
Those Pin Art things.
A sit n’ spin. We have an ancient one in the classic blue, yellow and orange colors.
A mini-trampoline. Check out your sporting goods stores, or Walmart, Kmart or even Aldi (yes, we got ours at Aldi for $40) before checking therapy places. You’ll spend a lot less. For children with selective mutism, a trampoline or a hop-ball is a must. Jumping/bouncing triggers the speech centers of the brain [from The Out of Sync Child has Fun, Carol Stock Kranowitz]. It’s also very good for transitions between activities.
An exercise ball.
I’m thinking one of those twist boards might be useful to have too. Well, if not for my daughter, then I suppose I could use it for some exercise.
Milk jugs filled with sand and superglued shut.
2 liter bottles filled with water and superglued shut. Add sequins, glitter, soap and food coloring. Fun in a bottle. Good for heavy work.
The montessori sensorial activities offers a lot of sensory ideas you can even do at home.
sound boxes (these are homemade ones made with film canisters and different materials, like rice, salt, coins, small bells, etc, made in pairs for matching purposes. stickers on the bottom for self-checking).