This is the perfect sensory kit for the season of little goblins.
The goal of this sensory kit is to provide a variety of interesting, theme-oriented stimuli (for a variety of ability levels) that will enhance the sensory environment and encourage a memory tie-in to the sensory experience.
To put together the kit, you will need:
Activity Ideas and Suggestions
1. Always begin by introducing the topic and explaining briefly the purpose of
the activity. “Halloween is just around the corner, so I thought we might talk
about Halloween and enjoy a Halloween treat.”
2. As facilitator, come dressed in a costume if you want.
3. Pass around one item at a time so that everyone can enjoy an appropriate
sensory relationship with the object.
4. Encourage participants to examine the object. If appropriate, ask people to
describe how the object looks, feels, and smells.
5. Discuss each item. Ask non-threatening questions, such as:
6. Allow people to try on the various items of the Halloween costumes if they want.
7. Play the familiar Halloween music and ask people to hum along. Ask if it sounds spooky or scary.
8. Hand out the food items and ask people to smell and taste each one. Note: Always check for any dietary restrictions.
Some of the props in this activity can be used when providing one-to-one sensory stimulation activities for people who are unresponsive (comatose, in the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, etc.). For example, play “The Monster Mash” or other recordings. Record any eye movement, hand movement, facial expressions, or changes in breathing.
More Bang for Your Buck
Also, note that the items in the kit can make for an interesting discussion activity, even with individuals who do not have memory challenges.
|Group Size||Time of Day||Duration||Acuity Level|
|Small (2 - 4)
Medium (5 - 8)
|15 minutes||Long-term Care
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