Sensory tubes are perfect for sensory regulation – they can pull double duty by being both stimulating or soothing.
The are versatile and can be customised to the specific interests of the child by filling with things they love, plus are super portable.
They are low cost as can be made with things you have to hand
Some tips for creating TOP TUBES
1 – TUBES
I recommend using these 40ml tubes that have a screw cap. These are perfect for little hands, small enough, even infants can grasp these easily, big enough to put beads and buttons inside with room to move. Also the screwcap can be sealed with a hot glue gun.
2 – BITS AND BOBS
Small beads, buttons and shapes are easily found in any craft stockpile at home/ work or even the poundshop.
3 – DRY
If you are making a dry tube for shaking or ‘eye spy’ dyed rice, sand and salt are good fillers. Confetti shapes and glitter, pompoms, alphabet beads work well.
3 – WATER
I use wilton food colour to get the right shade of coloured water – I mix in a measuring beaker and pour into the tube using either a small funnel or a large pipette.
4 – SLOW THE FLOW
Glycerine (cheaper from the chemist than supermarket) thickens and slows the flow of the water. A similar effect can be achieved using glitter glue (added benefit of colour and glitter). Add quantities as desired to get the consistency you like.
5 – OIL
Oil does not combine with the water, but it will mix and then separate which has a lovely visual effect . You can use cooking oil, baby oil, olive oil etc – all have different colours and viscosity.
Have fun – experiment – get the kids involved, make one for yourself – anything goes x
You can pick up the tubes, funnels, and pipettes over in the shop