Sensory fun at home: Arts and crafts

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  • Your whole whānau can enjoy these fun sensory activities with simple items you have around home.

  • Print at home mandalas

    Colouring is seen as a way to relax and refocus yourself. Download and print these mandala colouring sheets to do at home.

    Smiley stress balls

    Stress balls promote de-stressing and feeling good. Making stress balls out of rice and balloons at home is super easy. This is a great activity for children who respond to tactile activities.

    Check out how to make a stress ball.

    Yarn pompoms

    Using yarn or wool is another great way to create stress balls.

    Check out how to make a pompom.


    Mimic the sound of rain by creating your very own rainstick - the best part is, it’s super easy. Rainsticks can be made from simple items such as a paper towel cardboard tube, foil and rice.

    Follow these step by step instructions on how to create a rainstick.

    Sensory bath

    Make bath time a little more fun but putting coloured spaghetti into it and pretend its seaweed.

    You can also add frozen baking soda balls which look like snowballs.

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