DIY Mermaid Sensory Writing Tray

(Inside: This DIY mermaid sensory writing tray is AMAZING! It keeps kids entertained for hours and is perfect for practicing sight words with sensory kids!)

Oh my gosh you guys, I just can’t stop with these awesome DIY sensory hacks, so I’ve got another one for you!

I am absolutely obsessed with this awesome mermaid sequin fabric, and I can’t stop coming up with new fun ways to use it.

Today we decided to make this totally awesome DIY mermaid sensory writing tray, and my kids cannot get enough of it.

Seriously, when was the last time your kids were excited about writing?!

This DIY mermaid sensory writing tray is AMAZING!

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This DIY writing tray is super simple to make, and it can be used again and again!

The mermaid sequin fabric changes colors when you run your fingers over it, so it’s the perfect sensory activity.

What You Need to Make This DIY Mermaid Sensory Writing Tray

This DIY mermaid sensory writing tray is AMAZING!

How to Make This DIY Mermaid Sensory Writing Tray

This DIY Mermaid Sensory Writing Tray is so super simple to make that even I can do it, and I’m sooooo not crafty!

This DIY mermaid sensory writing tray is AMAZING!

First, you’re going to paint your picture frame.

If you have a cute picture frame already, you can totally skip this part, but we think that the mermaid fabric looks awesome with the white frame!

This DIY mermaid sensory writing tray is AMAZING!

Next, you’re going to lay down your mermaid sequin fabric sequin side down, and place your frame insert in the center of the fabric.

Fold the fabric edges down around the frame insert and tape into place.

This DIY mermaid sensory writing tray is AMAZING!

Now all you have to do is put the insert into the frame, add hot glue around the edges of the frame, and cover it with some cardboard!

Isn’t that so easy? In less than five minutes you have an awesome sensory writing tray that can be used again and again!

This DIY mermaid sensory writing tray is AMAZING!

How to Use This DIY Mermaid Sensory Writing Tray

Now for the fun part! You get to use this DIY mermaid sensory writing tray in so many different ways to let your kids have fun with writing!

Your kids can use their finger to write secret messages on it.

This DIY mermaid sensory writing tray is AMAZING!

You can use the writing tray to practice sight words in a fun and sensory-friendly way!

This DIY mermaid sensory writing tray is AMAZING!

Plus to erase, you simple brush your hand over the sequins in one direction!

It’s perfect for kids who have a low frustration tolerance!

They can try again and again with a simple wave of the hand.

This DIY mermaid sensory writing tray is AMAZING!

What is your favorite sensory writing activity?

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13 thoughts on “DIY Mermaid Sensory Writing Tray”

  1. ahuva veig

    Were do you buy this fabtic?

    1. Lemon Lime Adventures

      It is linked in the instructions above to Amazon but some have found it at 5 Below and Walmart.

  2. Diana kortlandt

    This looks a great idea,where do you get the mermaid sequin fabric,would love to make one of these sensory boards for my young grandchildren

    1. Lemon Lime Adventures

      I have it linked in the instructions to Amazon. You can also find it at 5 Below and Walmart so I’ve been told.

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  4. Michelle

    I bought that exact pillow case from your link and made one. You can’t make multi-directional strokes well, especially circular letters. The sequins only shift one direction (up or down) and it’s impossible to go side to side or diagonally. I wanted this to work for my PreKs for letter practice. I’m not sure why there’s such a huge difference in results if it’s the same case?

    1. I agree – I’ve just got everything together to make this and I’m so disappointed. You can’t write side by side easily on it and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong?

  5. Jane

    I’m a little confused. lol I was following until this part, “Now all you have to do is put the insert into the frame, add hot glue around the edges of the frame, and cover it with some cardboard!”

    What cardboard? Any cardboard? Can you break this last bit down for me, please?

    1. Lemon Lime Adventures

      Usually the back of the frame or cut a piece of cardboard to fit.

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  7. Crystal

    Made this for my class. Disappointed that we can only practice writing number 1, I and I. So sad.

    1. This is not meant for practicing correct letter formation, instead great for working memory and sensory input. You can make other letters and numbers but you have to go the “wrong” direction.

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