A sensory pathway, is a colorful, creative and playful way for kids to build connections in the brain that are responsible for sight, touch, sound, etc.
Here is how I created one for £12 using Tesco £3 Sand trays.
I found these trays and thought how great they were to make a sensory path. As the lip around the edge isn’t high and they are very sturdy.
I filled my trays with leaves, for a great crunchy texture. Especially now autumn is here perfect time to go out hunting and finding lots of different leaves. You could also add pine cones in too.
Sand is play sand that we had a bag of already. Perfect for bare feet and hands. Allowing sand to run through hands is a great sensation, but you could also use mud/ soil or bark if children prefer.
Artificial grass for a soft sensation but also great if you add water in the tray with it too for a soft squidgy texture.
Stones are from our garden as some children enjoy the hard texture of them on feet and hands.
But you could also use coloured pebbles from craft shops (supervison required at all times) you could also hot glue them to the tray so they stay still and cannot be picked up.
Some other ideas to use in the trays are:
• Water beads
• pine cones
• children’s paint
But these are a great way to take some time out for sensory input. A lot cheaper then some pre-made ones. You could also add some hand prints on paper as well as a chalk board hopscotch etc.