Homemade sensory board – I think it, Daddy builds it.

Having taught children with autism for 11 years, I knew there were great benefits to sensory integration.  I think when I had my son, I immediately started collecting things to put on a sensory board for him – LOL.  I wanted to include light, noise, and tactile items to stimulate the senses.  Several items are affixed with Gorilla Glue (super strong) and other larger items are affixed with screws or brackets.  He loved this board and I knew I was helping him learn about his world through his senses.  My husband purchased a board from Home Depot – any board will do. 
The pictures are not great because we built this board before Play at Home Mom LLC was even a twinkle in my eye.  LOL
Rattling the chain against the wood
There are so many items you can include on a sensory board – and you can really cater it to the needs/age/interests of your child.  My son was only 6 months old when we built his, and I purchased a lot of items from the Dollar Tree, so we kept it pretty simple.  Latches, locks, and other fasteners are good options for older children.


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21 Responses to Homemade sensory board – I think it, Daddy builds it.

  1. Yes, we just propped it up against something. I was usually right there when he was playing with it – tracking his play – talking about the textures, lights, etc – so I made sure he didn’t pull it down on himself. There were two times where he went over and explored it alone and it tipped over, but it didn’t hurt him at all.

  2. Leeanne – very neat boards. Is this for a classroom of children with autism? Just curious. I get a lot of my ideas (especially the sensory play) from having done them at my previous job. I also taught in a Reggio inspired preschool for 3 of my 14 years of teaching – which is where my play room and environment inspiration comes from. – AK

  3. Jessica says:

    My son is blind and texture play is very important. I was just at a low vision center for children and they had several homemade texture boards like this. They are so fun for the kids.

  4. This might be a very stupid question. Is sensory board only good for autistic children? My son is 12 months old, and I’d like to build one for him … but wondering if it will do him any good at all since he isn’t autistic. Thanks! :)

  5. This gave me some help in making my son a portable sensory board for my son (to bring to school). It came out pretty good :) And has a little theme to it as well.

    @Pearl Magazine, That is not a stupid question, It absolutely is a wonderful thing for any child that needs sensory input. I would say a 12 mo old could certainly benefit as they are sensory seekers at that age no matter if they are autistic, spd, etc, or not.

  6. Kelsey says:

    Thanks for the idea! How did you adhere the textured stamps to the board if they came with a handle? I would like to do this in my school.

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