This month’s Occupational Therapy calendar explores the season’s finest with a Harvest theme. If you’ve missed this years’ series of calendars, you can check out last month’s calendar for activities that will keep your child occupied with sensory play and experiences well into this month.
Each month, I’ve been sharing creative and seasonal sensory experiences that address sensory needs based on each of the senses. I try to come up with activities that can be modified to address multiple developmental areas such as fine motor skills, visual motor integration, gross motor coordination and balance, and functional skills.
This month’s calendar is perfect for Sensory Awareness month!
October brings with it all things falling leaves and pumpkin spice everything, and it is definitely a sensory-filled month! This month’s activity calendar is full of sensory activities that will challenge the senses. You will find activities based on all seven senses and are fun ways to involve the whole family in indoor and outdoor play. Print out your free calendar, read through the activities and get ready to play!
For more info on the activities below, grab your Harvest Sensory Booklet (It’s a freebie, too! Scroll below to grab your copy.)
Use these harvest themed ideas in sensory diets to address sensory needs. These are creative ways to experience all that Fall has to offer with the whole family.
Take the challenge. Encourage and experience sensory play every day this month.
Print your Fall Sensory Activities workbook and calendar and join us in daily sensory play.
October Occupational Therapy Calendar Sensory Activities
Grab your Fall Sensory Activities booklet to build Fall harvest themed activities into your child’s sensory diet with activities the whole family can enjoy.
This is a great way to challenge the senses and take part in our Sensory Processing Month sensory challenge!
Simply add one sensory activity to every day. These can be simple ideas that the whole family can do. Need ideas? Grab your sensory activity booklet.
What’s in the Fall Sensory Activities booklet?
Fall Proprioception Sensory Activities
6 creative proprioception activities!
Fall Vestibular Sensory Activities
4 creative vestibular ideas for indoor or outdoor!
Fall Tactile Sensory Activities
4 tactile sensory experiences!
Fall Visual Sensory Activities
4 ways to incorporate the sense of sight into fall play!
Fall Auditory Sensory Activities
4 Fall auditory processing ideas!
Fall Olfactory Sensory Activities
5 ways to encourage and use scent in sensory processing!
Fall Gustatory Sensory Activities
4 Fall taste activities!
Are you excited to take the sensory challenge this October? Join us with the activities in your Fall Sensory Activities book today!
Looking for more ways to explore all things sensory this month?
How to incorporate sensory play into playing outside in the fall
It’s a fact that kids are spending less time playing outdoors. From after-school schedules to two working parents, to unsafe conditions, to increased digital screen time, to less outdoor recess time…kids just get less natural play in the outdoors. Therapists have connected the dots between less outdoor play and increased sensory struggles and attention difficulties in learning.
Knowing this, it can be powerful to have a list of outdoor sensory diet activities that can be recommended as therapy home programing and family activities that meet underlying needs.
That’s where the Outdoor Sensory Diet Cards and Sensory Challenge Cards come into play.
They are a printable resource that encourages sensory diet strategies in the outdoors. In the printable packet, there are 90 outdoor sensory diet activities, 60 outdoor recess sensory diet activities, 30 blank sensory diet cards, and 6 sensory challenge cards. They can be used based on preference and interest of the child, encouraging motivation and carryover, all while providing much-needed sensory input.
30 blank sensory diet cards, and 6 sensory challenge cards
They can be used based on preference and interest of the child, encouraging motivation and carryover, all while providing much-needed sensory input.
Research tells us that outdoor play improves attention and provides an ideal environment for a calm and alert state, perfect for integration of sensory input.
Outdoor play provides input from all the senses, allows for movement in all planes, and provides a variety of strengthening components including eccentric, concentric, and isometric muscle contractions.