Fall Sensory Stations

sensory stations Fall theme

I have another fun freebie for you! These Fall sensory stations are printable sensory station posters that you can use in classrooms, school hallways, the home, or therapy clinics to offer sensory input and whole body movements with a Fall theme. Just hang these sensory station posters on the wall and add calming sensory input with a Fall theme!

Related to these seasonal sensory path printable, you’ll also love these other themed sensory walks: Winter Sensory Stations, Summer Sensory Stations, and Spring Sensory Stations.

Fall themed sensory stations for a sensory walk in the school hallways, classroom, therapy clinic, or home.

Earlier this year, we made these free Spring sensory stations and they were a huge hit!

This set of sensory stations are a great addition to our Fall deep breathing exercise we shared yesterday.

Fall Sensory Stations

If you’ve been in a school hallway in recent years, you may have seen a sensory walk. They are fun ways to offer movement for kids, especially when they need a brain break during learning. But sensory walks can be expensive to create. So, going off the theme of adding movement, coping tools, and heavy work input through the proprioceptive system, these Fall sensory system posters for a very inexpensive cost (Hint: it’s nothing! They are free!)

I love these Fall sensory stations because you can print them, laminate them, and place them in the hallway or on a wall for quick movement breaks. Add them to a Fall learning theme, Fall therapy activities, Fall fine motor work, or Fall crafts. They are great prep-work for these Fall writing prompts, too.

These sensory station posters include:

  • Fall Figure 8 Breath Poster- for calming deep breathing, mindfulness, and self-regulation
  • Fall Animal Walk (Leap like a squirrel)- for motor planning input and proprioceptive input
  • Fall Wall Push-Ups- for proprioceptive input through the arms, shoulder girdle
  • Fall Jumping Jacks- for motor planning work, vestibular input, and proprioceptive input
  • Fall Trace and Breathe- for visual tracking, finger isolation, deep breathing, and self-regulation

Free Sensory Station Posters

Want to add these Fall sensory station printables to your therapy toolbox? You can grab this freebie and add it to your tools!

Fall Sensory Walk Posters

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    Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

    Want more ways to work on skills this Fall? Grab our Fall Fine Motor Kit (or any of the seasonal kits):

    Use these Fine Motor Kits for hands-on activity kits to develop fine motor skills, strength, dexterity, and manipulation. Kids LOVE these fine motor kits for the motivating activities. Therapists love them because it’s fresh, fun ways to work on pinch, grip, manipulation skills, and much more. Try some of these themed therapy kits:

    Fall Leaves Deep Breathing Exercise

    Fall leaves deep breathing exercise

    Today’s resource is a free printable Fall Leaves Deep Breathing exercise. This printable breathing exercise handout is a great way to work on mindfulness with a Fall leaves theme! Add this therapy resource to your Fall therapy activities and breathing exercises for kids as a self-regulation tool designed to help kids thrive and build skills.

    Fall leaves deep breathing exercise

    Fall Leaves Deep Breathing Exercise

    This free printable can be used with our other deep breathing activities as a self-regulation strategy for kids. Deep breathing is a powerful tool for calming the body as a coping mechanism. When you add a themed breathing exercise to the mix, it can be a fun way to focus on the regulation strategies kids need.

    To use this mindfulness exercise, kids (and adults) can point to the dots on the Fall leaves image. Trace the arrow as the child breathes in deeply. They should pause at the end of the arrow and hold their breath. Then, trace along the next arrow while slowly breathing out. They can continue around the image as they slowly breathe in and out.

    This slowed breathing with a pause at the end of the breath fosters breath control and allows the heart rate to slow, engaging the diaphragm for full, “belly breaths” allow for controlled breathing and is helpful in allowing children to reach a calm and alert state so they can focus.

    Add this Fall leaves breathing exercise to these Fall themed activities in therapy:

    Free Fall Mindfulness Printable

    Want to print off this mindfulness exercise to use in your therapy sessions, at home, or in the classroom? Enter your email address into the form below to grab this printable.

    Fall Leaves Deep Breathing Exercise

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      Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

      Sunflower Activities for Therapy

      Sunflower activities

      This collection of sunflower activities are perfect for adding to your therapy toolbox of weekly OT themes when it comes to helping kids develop skills through play. Check out the sunflower fine motor activities, sunflower crafts, and sunflower sensory play ideas below!

      Sunflower activities to help kids develop fine motor skills, gross motor skills, sensory, and executive functioning skills.

      We are back with more seasonal activities that will be sure to put a smile on your face! After all, what is happier than a sunflower? We hope you use these crafts and activities to support the development and growth of your child’s skills, so we organized them accordingly. You’ll find projects to address fine, gross, and visual motor skills, as well as sensory, social-emotional, and cognitive needs as well! 

      Sunflower Fine Motor Activities

      Do you have access to sunflower seeds? Use them in fine motor activities. Try these ideas using real sunflower seeds:

      If you are looking for Fall fine motor activities, than adding sunflower activities to the list is the way to go.

      This Cupcake Liner Sunflower Craft challenges scissors skills, precision, and pincer grasps. Plus, you can strengthen the hands even more by squeezing a glue bottle while crafting. 

      I love addressing feeding needs with an artistic activity, just like this Fork Sunflower Painting. Using feeding utensils during play will work to develop the fine motor skills for self-feeding while participating in a meaningful and fun craft. 

      This Lacing Sunflower craft requires skills for using a hole punch, scissors, and lacing yarn – what more could you ask for? Go ahead and assess their visual motor skills while they are hole punching onto marked targets and lacing through holes, too! 

      Sunflower Gross Motor Activities

      Sunflower Harvest Dash can be used to address gross motor skills in a group relay race or in a smaller session. Fill up a cup of sunflower seeds (or a ladle or spoon to increase the challenge) and race to the other side to dump your seeds into your sunflower bowl.

      Place obstacles in between for a greater challenge. The bowl with the most sunflower seeds wins! This challenges dynamic movement, balance, and quick coordination/ gross motor problem solving skills. If working in teams, it can address social skills and team-building skills, too! 

      Use Reach and Squat Sunflower Vases to challenge your kiddo’s coordination, movement between sitting and standing, and visual spatial skills, too! Tape toilet paper or paper towel rolls to a wall at varying heights – these will be your “vases”. Have your child reach, jump, squat, lean, etc. to place flowers – real or crafted – into the vases. For an extra challenge, have a climbing feature near the wall to climb and place the flowers into very high vases. 

      Fall themed movement activities make kids smile and are always a safe bet to get kids the movement breaks they need to learn! Plus, you can add the extra challenge of motor coordination and visual processing skills by having them try to copy the movement on the picture, without demonstration. Grab the Fall Fine Motor Kit for gross and fine motor activities (including fun sunflower themed activities!)

      Sunflower Activities to Develop Visual Skills

      You can add sunflower activities designed to develop visual skills as they relate to handwriting, like letter recognition, letter reversals, and more! 

      A Visual Perception with Flowers worksheet can help develop skills of visual discrimination, spatial reasoning, visual motor skills, and motor planning. 

      Be sure to read more on visual motor skills to better understand various visual skills and what activities to do to improve each individual skill. 

      Sunflower Sensory Activities

      Just about any theme can be made into a sensory bin for some sensory exploration – including a great Sunflower one! Add in additional activities or skills to address visual motor skills (scooping and dumping items) or fine motor skills (using tongs with items). 

      Sunflower Playdough is another great way to strengthen skills through working in a multisensory way – squish and mold the playdough onto images on mats, use a pincer grasp to place sunflower seeds, or anything their heart desires! Try to scent the sunflower playdough with earthy/floral essential oils for a more robust sensory experience. 

      Sunflower Activities for Social Emotional Learning

      Sunflowers can be used to identify emotions as part of social emotional learning development. Use the sunflower cupcake liner craft to make sunflower faces and add emotional identification via facial expressions of others. Kids can draw faces onto the cupcake liners to help strengthen social bonds and understand how to name emotions of their own and others.

      My favorite way to use these cards is as a tool to bring emotional regulation into the conversation; i.e, “Yes, this sunflower does feel sad – why do you think he is sad? What could he do to feel better?”.  

      This Positive Self Talk Flower worksheet can help those of us who have low-self esteem or lack of confidence. Starting here, with positive self-talk, may be the first step to encourage more successful social skills. 

      Here is another Sunflower Resource for positive thinking and coping skills. This was designed for group use but can easily be adapted for one-on-one or a take-home project as well.

      Sunflower Activities for Executive Function

      Crafts are a great way to incorporate attention, focus, task completion, impulse control, prioritization, and direction following! Use these flower crafts to focus on specific executive functioning skills. Just add yellow and brown paper to make the flowers into sunflowers.

      Sequencing cards are definitely a go-to for me – someone has made one for just about every theme imaginable! These sunflower themed ones are perfect for addressing sequencing tasks and direction following.  

      Using sunflower seeds and petals in a Sunflower Life Cycle activity can challenge short term memory, problem-solving, and sequencing. 

      BOOKS ABOUT SUNFLOWERS

      I always love to strengthen a theme with additional on-theme activities like a snack, a story or a place to visit. To fully embrace the sunflower theme, here are some sunflower books to check out from your local library:

      That ought to get the ball rolling for some excellent sunflower-themed activities in your home, school, or clinic. We hope that you adapt these activities to best suit your practice and bring some sunshine to your day! 

      Sydney Thorson, OTR/L, is a new occupational therapist working in school-based therapy. Her
      background is in Human Development and Family Studies, and she is passionate about
      providing individualized and meaningful treatment for each child and their family. Sydney is also
      a children’s author and illustrator and is always working on new and exciting projects.