It seems to never fail. My kids need sensory input and I can’t decide what to suggest for them to do! I know just how important sensory breaks both at home and in the classroom, but I somehow seem to forget what to do in the moment. Now, with these super simple one minute sensory break ideas, I shouldn’t have any problems getting sensory input into every day.
Thanks to my good friends at Inspired Treehouse (co-authors of our book Sensory Processing 101), I was able to come up with some super fun and super simple sensory break ideas on the fly. I’ve listed them below to make them easier for you to try as well!
Then follow along on Instagram for our exciting Photo a Day Challenge! Ready for some awesome sensory break ideas? Let’s get started!
30 Super Simple One Minute Sensory Break Ideas
With your head on a baseball bat SPIN around as many times as you can without falling over.
Get some proprioceptive input with some super fun ANIMAL walks.
Holding onto both arms, SWING your child between your legs.
Make some super SOUR but yummy lemonade.
Use cardboard boxes to PUSH a friend around the living room.
Make a yummy and delicious SWEET smoothie with fruit and yogurt.
Put a pillow in the middle of the room and JUMP as far as you can.
Go on a nature hunt and LOOK for new blooms and buds.
Play a LOUD game of Musical Instrument Musical Chairs.
Play a game of Red Light, Green Light and add in Yellow Light to practice SLOW motion movements.
Make a batch of MESSY rainbow oobleck.
Have a dance party with ROCK & ROLL music.
Make a flower collage on the window with STICKY contact paper.
Give your stuffed animals a huge BEAR HUG.
Gather those stufffed animals in a duvet cover for a DIY CRASH pad.
Time yourself. How FAST can you transfer all the rocks to the garden bed?
Make ROUGH sandpaper letters and numbers.
Grab a book and take a QUIET break in your calm down retreat.
Use SOFT yarn to finger knit a necklace.
Get UP CLOSE on something you find in your backyard and draw what you see.
Gather some SCRATCHY bark from the trees and do crayon rubbings.
Try a new food you are NOT-SO-SURE about.
Make a CRUNCHY batch of homemade granola.
Get your hands SLIMY with an awesome batch of Galaxy Slime.
Dance with some SMOOTH scarves.
Climb UP HIGH in a tree or your play set.
CLIMB a rock wall as fast as you can.
Play a SMELLY guessing game with cotton balls and scents.
Turn UPSIDE DOWN on your couch and roll balls across the room to your friends.
30 Days of Sensory Fun Instagram Challenge
Along with the girls at The Inspired Treehouse… we’re excited to announce a super fun Sensory Photo Challenge for the month of April. Below, you’ll find words to inspire a different open-ended sensory experience for each day of the month. Here’s what to do:
1 || Download or print out the image and keep it somewhere handy.
2 || Each day, take a peek at the words, choose one and let it inspire a fun sensory experience at home, in your classroom, or in your therapy practice.
3 || Snap a picture and share it on all of your favorite social media platforms using #otsensoryfun. Be sure to tag us too!
4 || Each week, we’ll be choosing one lucky winner from all of the photo entries to receive a FREE print copy of Sensory Processing 101 from both Inspired Treehouse AND Lemon Lime Adventures!
Print this Free Sensory Break Cheat Sheet
This post comes with a free printable to help with you in a bind.
I have made a simple printable for you that has all of these sensory breaks in a simple and easy to display format. Place it on the fridge, in a frame or even in your child’s calm down spot so they remember them as well. Don’t get caught struggling to remember your options!
This printable simplifies it!
Here is a sneak preview…
Download Your Free Printable
- Download the checklist. You’ll get the printable, plus join my weekly newsletter! Click Here to Download and Subscribe
- Print. Any paper will do the trick, but card stock would be ideal.
- Place it on your refrigerator.