Here are some sensory room must haves and some tips and tricks to getting the materials. 
Determine a Space
Before beginning to collect items figure out if you are going to have a room or just a space. If it is just a space make sure you have ways of storing it or the items are easy to break down. Get creative with storage! We had our sensory rooms in our classrooms for awhile and we would store the items behind other movable cabinets or behind my desk for awhile. 
We have a sensory room space, but now what?!
How can you get the items...
Garage sales, donations, Donor's Choose, or grants. Donor's Choose was the way we went to get some  of our bigger items and it worked out great for us! Donations were also a HUGE help!
Easy to Store Items
The items below are ones we were able to easily store and use in our classrooms before having a large space. 
1. trampoline

                                                         Fold & Go Trampoline (TM)

2. ball pit

                                                           Ball Pit Play Tent for Kids
3. tunnel (collapsible or t-shirt fabric one)

                                                                6-ft Play Tunnel Kids Tent
4. balance beam (foam one)
 
  Step-a-Logs
5. Steps/ boat

                                                                  Rocky Boat and Steps
6. Body Sock
 
  Dynamic Movement Sensory Sox
7. wobble seats

                                                                 Moluk Bilibo Blue
Items for a Sensory Room
If you have a room these are some additional items you may want to check out!
8. Bikes
9. Swing
Once your have a lot of these items you can make an obstacle course to switch it up. 
Here is a picture of an obstacle course we made in our classrooms before we got a sensory room.


I know many people are on limited budgets and if you are, definitely try Donor's Choose to get a lot of the materials or look into other grants. Having a sensory room or sensory time/ space definitely helped to improve our student's behavior and meet their needs better. It was a great opportunity for them to calm down and refocus.



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This year my kids LOVE Paw Patrol. To get some of my kiddos using the core vocabulary boards more often I decided to do some activities with Paw Patrol and some of my kids that don't always willing use the core vocabulary to talk have been willing too and have even wanted to come up to share with us. 
Here are some of the activities that we have done or will be doing incorporating Paw Patrol. You could easily do these activities with other your students favorite characters too.
My aide found Paw Patrol characters at the Dollar Tree and right now there are Lightning McQueen characters, Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse characters also there!
1. Say I like and they can identify their favorite character.
2. I see...and students either draw a character or you draw a character for them to identify.
3. Who? drives what vehicle. Students match up the character to the correct vehicle. I found pictures of the vehicles and printed them out.
 
4. Same or Different. Show two of the characters and students will decide if they are the same or different.



5. Go! Students will pick a character to put in a vehicle and when they say/ show go you make the vehicle go. 
6. Not! Is this ____ and the students identify if it is or not. 
7. Turn...have students take turns with a different character and rotate through them. 
8. Positional Word Practice. You can get a container or a vehicle and have the students put the characters in different places. 
9. Where, Put...place the paw patrol stickers in the correct place.  I found this sticker scene kit at Target in the Dollar Spot section. 

The activities are endless and because it is a high interest item all the kids want to talk about it. What are your kids really into this year?


With Halloween around the corner you may be looking for some fun activities to do with your kiddos. Here are some ideas! 


Check out these fun Halloween Freebies here. 

My kids LOVE sensory bins and here are some of the fun activities you can do with them. Find these activities here. 









If you need some Print and Go Activities you can check those out here. 









Here are some of our favorite books:



 
 
 
 
 
 
Last, but not least some of our favorite arts and crafts! 

Lacing pumpkins. 


Frankenstein!




We made slime! 


Goblin hands (popcorn, candy corn, and spider ring).


Curmple up paper and fill a pumpkin bag. 

                                            

Tear the paper and fill a small water bottle.



Here are some easy diy activities to make for the classroom too! 
10 timid ghosts felt board retelling. 
                                           
Counting bat eyes.
                                       
                                    


What are some of your favorite Halloween Activities?!




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