Creating Your Child’s PERFECT Sensory Room

We are changing out bedrooms downstairs.

The 24 year old got married.


So the 19 year old is moving into her room

And the 22 year old is moving into the 19 year old’s room for the summer.

This leaves the teeny little storage room for me to use as a Preschool room for Parker.

I’ve spent the last few days trying to figure out the best way to arrange this new Preschool room

And then……disaster.

Well, not an actual disaster.  More of a disaster of the ‘but I want it’ variety.

Which on my budget spells disaster.

As I was spending Memorial Day afternoon cleaning the carpets in our basement,  (I know.  I’m a beacon fun, aren’t I) I kept thinking about how cool it would be to use some of this area for a sensory spot for Parker.  This winter was rough because Parker spent so much time being bored.

And I really need to figure out a way around that.


So…..come and help me daydream the perfect sensory room, k?  This way when Publisher’s Clearing House comes knocking at my door, I will be prepared!

I’ll add my ideas and you can add yours in the comment section below.


A Pirate Climb


A Disc Cushion



Pon Pon Ball

The kind you can buy at Toys R Us just haven’t held up for us.


Got a fidgeter?  FitBall Seating Discs


And then when I’ve finally worn a certain Brave Hero out……one of these for him to crash on!



Okay.  So maybe it’s got a very ugly Sims ad on it.  But seriously?  A giant Fatboy beanbag chair for $79.00?

Ah-mazing price.

These are just a few ideas.  We are going to hang a wiffle ball from the ceiling and give Parker a wiffle bat and let him go at it.  This one just one of the many great ideas one of you left in another post.


So.  I’ve shared my ideas.  You share yours!



About Tammy and Parker

Special Needs Blogger, and homeschooling Mom, heavily involved in advocacy for all kids with special needs in Utah.


  1. Brandie says:

    Goldie wants to add a swing, Bilibo, and a sensory tub of beans.

  2. suzanne says:

    Ikea has several items for pretty inexpensive. Swing for around $10, if Parker does better in a younger swing you can buy the super duper heavy duty hooks for around $5 and hook up whatever swing you want. They also have a simple ladder climb and trapeze bar each for around $10. Good luck and sounds cool!!

  3. I don’t have any ideas of my own, but I always wish I could build a room in my basement that was the perfect duplicate of the room at the occupational therapists office. Equipped with a rock climbing wall, ball pit, and a swing. This would be perfect for the long cold winters that make all of my kids restless and frustrated.
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  4. At our Neuro-Sensory clinic where I work we have a woman who has started her own company to make durable, affordable therapy equipment. She has several special needs sons and they are her labor. She brought us the coolest tactile sensory box yesterday. Padded arm holes with sleeves that the child puts their arms through and then they touch and explore with their sense of touch. Have to run now, so will write more later.
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  5. Claire says:

    A foil emergency blanket, it’s shiny, sparkley, crinkley and CHEAP!
    Some kind of touchy feely fibre optic light, I found cheap ones here, but the company is UK based.

  6. I’m thinking a swing. That’s what I would want if I could have a sensory room. And maybe the climbing net.
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  7. Great suggestions here!

    I would start with planning the lighting. Then the sound ‘system’. Then – whatever is to be sat on or bed-like.

    I’m not fond of the rope ladder you show but think climbing an incline is excellent work giving really good ‘sensory’ experience.
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  8. Oh, the climbing ropes would be so much fun!! I would LOVE to have some of those for my rambunctious kids.
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  9. christine says:

    We have a tug of war rope that we use for all sorts of fun activities, it was cheap at Toys R Us. Also some hula hoops. I have gotten a really cheap see-saw, swing and indoor slide at IKEA. I let my kids ride bikes inside. We also have an indoor skateboard that we use on our tummy not feet. The sit and spin is really popular at our house too.

  10. You can make your own balance board easily. Cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood into a rectangle or circle that is at least twice as long/wide as Parker’s feet. The ones we use in therapy are about 24×18 inches or an 18 inch circle. Sand and seal the wood so no splinter. On the bottom side, glue or screw a small block of wood that is about 1″ deep and about 3 inches square. Turn over and step on. Use this to balance on while dancing to music, hitting the wiffle ball or anything else you can think of. It works core muscles and balance and is fun! Oh and if the top is slick, use tub decals or something similar.
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