Have you ever struggled in explaining what sensory processing is to a child? With all those big terms like “vestibular” or “proprioception”, it’s hard to explain in a way that children will understand.
Most of the information about sensory processing on the interwebs is designed for adults. If you do find something geared for children, it likely only talks about the five senses, not all eight major senses.
That is why we have created this My Senses Day Camp program. We wanted to give parents and others a way to explain sensory processing to children in a fun, camp vibe that encourages hands-on exploration.
What one mom says…
“My Senses Summer Day Camp was such a phenomenal experience for my 5 and 3-year-old! They enjoyed the multiple approaches used to teach each of the senses including the crafts, exploring smells and tastes, and trying new games! A year later and they are still asking to do it again!” – Kati, mom of 3 children.
All children, not just those with sensory processing challenges, can benefit from understanding how their bodies work and how they react to different sensory inputs. This can help to empower our children to let us know how they are feeling or why something is bothering them.
With the My Senses Day Camp program, you will never have to guess at what to say in explaining sensory processing to your child. I’ve literally written out a script for all 8 sensory systems that you can read word for word. You can follow that up with a kid-friendly video that explains each of the senses. Or pick from a book list to read more about certain sensory systems or how the brain works.
After listening to what each of the sensory systems is from the “sensory word of the day” script, your kids will engage with each sense as they complete some fun hands-on activities to go with each system. Finish with snack suggestions that have been specifically designed to complement each sensory system and a fun coloring page that will help children remember each sensory word of the day.
The program is designed for children ages 3 to 9 and can be completed in 5 days consecutively or you pick and choose when you want to complete each day.
What You’ll Get with the My Senses Summer Day Camp Program
- The week at a glance so you know what the routine is like and how each day will flow.
- Day at a glance page so you can plan ahead.
- Detailed supply list for each day (most of the items you probably already have in your home!).
- Sensory Word of the Day scripts so you don’t have to think about how to explain each sensory system.
- Suggested book lists for each day to explore more of each sensory system and the human body as a whole.
- Snack suggestions that are designed to complement each sensory word of the day.
- Coloring pages for fine motor practice along with a fun way for kids to remember each sensory word of the day.
What Others Are Saying About The My Senses Day Camp Program
“Oh my goodness!! What a fun and comprehensive resource! Whether you are schooling year round or just looking to supplement your child’s summer learning in a fun way; “My Senses Day Camp is perfect!
The supply list is a godsend and so helpful to ensure I don’t procrastinate the summer away! Heather has laid all the activities out in such a way that I really didn’t have to spend hours planning & I was able to spend the time with my girls rather than search the internet trying to organize all my thoughts.
My youngest didn’t even realize she was learning, yet she recalled many of the activities to share with my husband at dinner time. I love the hands-on learning experience as it really is a fabulous fit for every learning style.” – Jamie at The Coffee Filled Mom.
“I cannot tell you enough.. you have more than likely saved my summer!” Kori, at Kori At Home. You can also watch her video review HERE.
Who is this Sensory Day Camp Designed for?
For anyone who needs some summer boredom buster ideas and wants to encourage their child to learn about their bodies and how sensory processing works. You can use this summer day camp program with just your own kids at home or invite some friends to join you. Or set it up at a summer daycare program, use it in your therapy practice for some additional summer fun, use it at a library program, etc. Really the possibilities are endless!
What Ages is this Sensory Day Camp Best for?
I have designed the program specifically for ages 3 to 9. When we tested these activities last summer we had a group of 5 children ages 18 months to almost 6 years old with us. There are small pieces with some of the activities, so that is why I put the age of 3 years plus on this program. If you have younger children you can adapt the activities to be safe for all.
How Long Does the Camp Last?
I designed this program to be completed in one week or 5 days. There are two activities per day along with the sensory word of the day time, snack time, coloring time, and also add videos or books you can add-in.
If you want to spread the summer camp out and only do one activity per day you could do that and make the camp last longer. Or you could break the days up and do one day’s worth of activities per week making it 5 weeks long. It is very flexible and really up to you in how you want the summer camp to run.
What Do I Get When I Purchase?
You’ll get the complete My Senses Day Camp program with all the sensory word of the day scripts, a day at a glance schedule, activity directions for each activity, supply lists, suggested book lists, video link suggestions, snack ideas, printables to go along with each day, including the coloring pages and more!
This is a digital download product, so you will need to download and print it out yourself after you purchase.