A child’s bedroom is an incredibly special place for them and a great way to encourage learning and interaction is to create a sensory bedroom. This can be particularly beneficial for children with certain disabilities or special educational needs.
Here are some ways you can create a sensory bedroom for your child…
Mix up the textures around the room
Children love to touch things. It’s part of the way they learn and is even more important if the child is blind or partially sighted. Having different textures around the room therefore creates a more interesting environment to the touch. This doesn't take any huge effort; even just putting a rug on the floor will help mix up the textures, whilst adding textured areas to walls is also easy yet effective. Some areas should be soft, others hard, some smooth, some rough. All this will really help partially sighted children better understand the world around them.
Lighting is incredibly stimulating for children. Babies and young children will be fascinated by twinkling lights, as will those who have certain mental and physical disabilities. When a child doesn’t have use or control of their limbs or are not mentally able to learn to speak, then providing visual stimuli is essential. Use different types of lighting, such as coloured lighting, twinkling lights, etc, so that it provides a varied stimulus. Lights 4 Fun have all sorts of different lighting types that would work brilliantly in a sensory bedroom.
Using Sound is Important
Most parents provide some sort of sound stimulus for their young children, whether it’s singing to them or playing music to them, and so sound can clearly play a big role in a child’s development. It’s therefore a good thing to involve some way in a sensory bedroom. It could be something as simple as having a CD player on or you could buy toys that make noises when you squeeze them, again incorporating texture into things.
Toys are More Important than you Think
Pretty much every child’s bedroom is littered with toys, but they can actually play a larger role than you think in a sensory bedroom. To reiterate the previous points slightly, toys can provide light sound and touch stimuli which can really help in a child’s development. Have a variety of different toys to mix up the stimuli so that they don’t get bored. For example, in one corner of the room you could have several soft toys and teddies, whilst elsewhere you could have Lego (if the child is old enough) or some other kind of building blocks to help promote fine motor skills.
You can also check on Pinterest for plenty of DIY ideas you can introduce into a sensory room.