This activity was a hit! I was, pleasantly, surprised by how many kids tried out our sensory walk. We did fall centres outside in our beautiful outdoor space and I wanted to add a sensory activity for the kids. I decided that walking, in bare feet, would be a great activity! I used 4 clear bins. I filled each bin with different items found in nature. I used small stones, leaves, wood mulch and the insides of a pumpkin!
I think when students saw how much fun their friends were having walking through the bins, they wanted to try it out too. It was a great chance to encourage them to use words to describe the way the different items felt on their bare feet. The leaves were described as soft, dry and crunchy. The stones were cold, hard and smooth. Overall, the most popular bin was the pumpkin bin. Although many thought that it felt gross, slimy and gooey, it was their favourite!
I had so much fun doing this activity with all of the kindergarten classes. Their expressions when stepping into the pumpkin was priceless. Since students were so excited to do this sensory walk, and many did it again and again, I will be working to do many other similar sensory activity. It was such a hit at school that I had my kids try it out at home. They are older, but loved it just the same.
10 minute activity length – I used this sensory walk as a centre during outdoor education so it was available for students to walk through during a 40 minute period. At home with my own kids, they were entertained by it for 10-15 minutes.