- Motor planning
- Social skills
The Jungle Jumparoo can be used as an aerobic exercise or heavy work to get students ready for learning. I also like to challenge students to use different movement patterns, for example, “Jump, jump, stop!” or “Little jump, big jump, little jump.” Some other ideas include turn-taking and imitating actions. My favorite activities for the Jungle Jumparoo are:
- Count or recite the alphabet for each jump.
- Move in a circular motion- left and right for directionality.
- Hop on one foot at a time.
- Passing around an object through the bars.
- A calming spot after an alerting activity.
- A designated waiting spot between activities.
- To jump off of the trampoline or Jungle Jumparoo onto these– when closely supervised.
- Crawling on during an obstacle course.
To summarize, think of the crash pad as a giant pillow to sit or lay on – or like what a stunt person would land on after jumping off of something. Nice and cozy, and a safe spot to land!
- Count, recite, or sequence the alphabet for each jump.
- Spell sight words – one letter per jump.
- Jump on one foot – if the student has good balance.
- Toss a bean bag into a bucket while jumping.
While on the platform swing, I like to engage my students with these activities:
- Tossing bean bags into a bucket.
- Catching and throwing a ball.
Scooter Board Ramp
Activities can be done with or without a scooter board, depending on the student. Examples of activities my students do with our scooter board ramp are:
- Sliding down in the seated position.
- Riding or sliding down laying on their stomach.
- Starting at the bottom of the slide, laying on their stomach, and pulling their body up to the top using the attached rope.
- Beginning at the bottom of the slide, holding on to the attached rope, pulling their body up to the top while using their feet to help climb.
- Water beads
Activities I like to use with the sensory table are:
- Have students describe how the texture feels
- Hide small items and have students find them without looking.
- Students find specific shapes or letters without looking.
Tip – We keep our sensory table covered with a weighted mat when not in use. This prevents unplanned messes!
- Social skills
- Motor planning
Some super fun ball pit activities I like to do with my students are:
- Walking/running around the inside perimeters.
- Hiding objects for students to find.
- Try to bury yourself.
- Write letters on the balls and have students spell a word.
- Throw the balls into corresponding colored bins.
To conclude, my students thrive on choices and would not have as much success in our sensory room if choices were not provided to them. I love The Autism Helper’s Sensory Choice Board to help facilitate making choices in the sensory room!
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That’s an awesome setup! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for taking the time to read and leave feedback! I love our sensory room!
Well done Michelle, so glad you understand the gem you have at your school.
Thank you, Janet! I appreciate the feedback!
I wonder if we could get a post about middle or high school sensory room set ups? Being a high school teacher myself I feel like I’m constantly trying to find ways to meet my students sensory needs in an age appropriate manner
Hi Sophie! Unfortunately, I personally don’t have access to a high school sensory room but you bring up a great point! I think that many of these sensory tools could still be used in a middle and high school setting and be considered age-appropriate. 🙂