Welcome to Day 3 of Camp Cratejoy!
Today, we sat down with Christina, the founder of Sensory TheraPLAY Box, the premier subscription box for children with sensory processing needs! See how to create a “squishy bag” for kids to have fun learning their letters, shapes, or sight words below.
Meet Christina, the founder of Sensory TheraPLAY Box
Christina is a mom to two daughters ages 3 and 5, a pediatric occupational therapist, and owner of Sensory TheraPLAY Box -- the sensory toy subscription box for children.
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Encourage Sensory Learning with Sensory TheraPLAY!
What You’ll Need:
- Ziploc bag
- Hair gel
- Fun food coloring
- Glitter (if you have it… if not, try something like sprinkles or make confetti!)
- And that’s it!
How to Do It:
- Squeeze a good amount of hair gel in your Ziploc.
- Add food coloring to the gel -- and glitter, if you have it -- to jazz it up a bit!
- Zip the bag shut, then smush it to mix everything together.
- Use your finger -- or a Q-tip -- to draw letters, numbers, shapes, and more!
Learn More About Sensory TheraPLAY Box
Tell us your story! What inspired you to launch We Craft Box?
I am a pediatric occupational therapist and have experience working in schools and private therapy clinics. I'm a big fan of subscription boxes, and one day had the idea to use my background as an OT to create a monthly box of sensory-based toys and tools for parents to use at home with their kids.
I’ve been creating sensory boxes for almost 4 years now and we have grown and evolved as a company in so many ways (including outgrowing packing boxes out of our home!) This is now my full-time job and I love what I do.
What makes Sensory TheraPLAY Box unique?
I pick sensory items that help stimulate and engage all the senses (tactile/touch, sight, smell, etc.). The toys inside can help children with self-regulation skills and manage anxiety. Textured hand fidgets and squeezable manipulatives can also help kids focus while learning and can improve attention span.
Anything else that you want readers to know?
An inspirational/motivational quote is always included to uplift my customers and bring a smile to their face upon opening the box. I also include a descriptive pamphlet highlighting each item inside and an explanation of why each product is therapeutic, along with activity ideas.
A ton of love, care and effort goes into planning each monthly box. The boxes are curated for autistic children and kids with sensory processing needs in mind; however, all children can benefit from the items. The toys inside Sensory TheraPLAY Box are wonderful for children who benefit from receiving extra sensory stimulation throughout their day.
Read With the Video (Transcript)
Hi everyone! My name is Christina -- I am the owner of Sensory TheraPLAY Box. We are the sensory toys subscription box for children.
I am also an occupational therapist, and I wanted to share with you today a great sensory and fine-motor activity that you can do with items inside of your home! And this is really a great way to get your kids engaged, and to help them learn in a multi-sensory way while we're all at home and while schools are closed.
So I'm going to show you a couple things that you need to get started, and one of them being a Ziploc baggie, we're going to be making squishy bags -- squishy sensory bags that you can write on! You can write letters, shapes, sight words, things like that... numbers...
So you just need a Ziploc bag; really, any size will do. I use this size, but you can use anything that you have, preferably with a little zipper on top so that the gel doesn't come out, and the other thing we need is hair gel. It could be clear-colored, it doesn't really matter -- this is clear, what I had on hand -- food coloring, and if you have glitter, that would be great. I don't have glitter, so these are like little cupcake sprinkles, like little crystals, that I'm going to use.
So the first thing that you're gonna do is open up your little Ziploc baggie and put in some hair gel. I also have little stars that I put in here too, so if you have those types of things laying around -- craft-like little items -- then add those in there, it'll give it more of an interesting feel to it.
Okay, the next thing is your food coloring. So, I'm just going to put a few drops inside where the gel is... I have the neon food coloring, to give it a nice really vibrant color. Mix it all around -- add some sprinkles in or some glitter, if you have it. Zip it shut, and smush it all together -- mix it well -- and you probably want to just lay it flat out on the table and smooth it with your fingers.
Okay. So once you have your hair gel, food coloring, and glitter, you just want to combine it and make sure it's all evenly distributed over the entire Ziploc baggie, and then you can have your child start working on their letters!
Or you can have them work on shapes, as well; it just depends on what age your child is and what they're currently working on and learning. So this is really wonderful, because it's combining visual and tactile learning. And I think that kids are just more motivated to work on their shapes and their letters, because it is a little bit more fun than just using a pencil on paper, and it just brings in a multi-sensory approach.
I know that right now, my daughter is working on sight words, so you can even work on your sight words with them -- and you just smooth it out to wipe it away and erase it.
So, I really hope that you enjoyed this activity, and I hope your kids love it as well... and enjoy! You can even use a Q-tip, too, you don't have to use your finger. So feel free to get creative with this!