When you are out and about with your child and their sensory systems are not in agreement with the social setting you are in, you never quite know what you are going to get. We have all seen the grocery store game of chase or the up and down wiggles at a family dinner table. In these situations, the sensory diet tips and tricks from your treating Occupational Therapist may not be appropriate for the setting or situation you are in. Here are a few ideas that are small enough for a mom’s purse or a father’s small carry bag that will support you during those sticky social sensory-needing situations.
- Small Notepad and Colored Pencils: The possibilities are endless with a few colored pencils and paper. For younger kids: draw a funny picture, trace their hand, or allow them to scribble. Older kids: play tick tack toe, hangman, or have them draw a picture for you. Hint: Go for small colored pencils so they don’t melt in your bag.
- Silly Putty: The small red egg of silly putty can be used to make animals, build a snowman, or roll a snake.