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5 Tips to easily and affordably create a sensory space in your home

Myths about Creating a sensory safe space in your home

• It’s expensive

• I need a lot of space

There are some ideas that creating a sensory space in your house needs to be expensive or takes up a lot of space.

Neither of these statements are true, in this article we will look at inexpensive ways to create sensory friendly spaces in your home.

5 Tips to help you easily and affordably create a sensory space in your home

1) Space, you do not need to dedicate a whole room. Find a corner in a bedroom, toy room or living room. Even a cubby house or small space outside in the garden can be allocated to creating a sensory space…
    You can use a little pop up tent purchased from K-Mart and place it in the corner of any room?

    I saw one family had taken a cardboard box and used plastic piping around the edges to make it secure. They used different textures and fairy lights to decorate the sensory box and placed pillows and toys to create a sensory calm environment inside.

    The sky is the limit when using your imagination. Here are some ideas from Pinterest to help you on your way.

    Sensory Room Sensory Room Sensory Room

    2) Lighting you do not need to purchase expensive lighting, using a tent or some nets over the sensory area will help dim bright lights, creating a nice calm feeling in the sensory space. I took a cheap coat stand from Kmart and draped inexpensive nets and fairy lights over it to create a nice calming place for my children.

    3) You do not have to spend a fortune on expensive furniture, lights and sensory resources. Why not combine some shop bought products with some home-made products?

    Tactile walls, sensory bottles and play-dough are just a few ideas for you to get started. These sensory bins are a great idea… 

    Sensory Bins
    4) Example Sensory Space, I made this sensory space in my home using some items purchased from a local bargain store, some stuff from the toy room and some sensory resources I purchased online.  Sensory Corner

    5) Let your child get involved! Kids have the best imagination and your child will help you with ideas of how to make your space more appealing.

    They will also let you know what favourite sensory toys they would like to see in there.

    Why not enjoy a weekend Art and Crafts project with your child creating sensory toys for your new sensory space at home?

    Enjoy these ideas taken from Pinterest, which is always my favourite go to when looking for inspiration.
    DIY Sensory Toys DIY Tactile Wall DIY Sensory Toys

    Sensory Resources and ideas for your room

    SMELL - Aromatherapy, try making scented playdough with your child? Or use an essential oil diffuser in your home to create a calming effect.

    PRESSURE - Pressure Therapy – try a Pea Pod, Pressure Vest or Weighted Lap bag these provide a deep pressure input to the nervous system creating a calming effect on your child

    VESTIBULAR - if you can’t afford a sensory swing, why not try an exercise ball, Dream Chair or PeaPod which allows your child to rock and still enjoy that sensory input. Even a mini trampoline would work the same.

    TACTILE - Hand Fidgets – great for reducing stress and anxiety.
    DIY Tactile Wall – click the image above for some inspiring ideas on creating a Sensory Tactile Wall. 

    ORAL - Chew, provide your child with a chew toy.  Chewing helps relieve stress and anxiety.  

    AUDITORY - create nice calming playlist on your phone that your child (or even you) will love. If your child prefers silence, try protective hearing headphones. 

    VISUAL – Try a tent or nets to dim bright lights. You can add fairy lights to your sensory corner to create a nice ambiance.
    Mood filters fluorescent light covers stop flickering fluorescent light great for classrooms and therapy practices. 



    • Dream chair x 1
    • Headphones x 1
    • Hand Fidgets x 3
    • Weighted Lap Bag x 1 
    • Pack of 4 Mood Filters x 1
    • Sand Timer x 1
     Sensory Corner
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