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Sensory Salad

Contributed by Amalia, OT Student


In this activity the child gets to use his imagination as he works on promoting his fine motor skills and his ability to process tactile input. This is a fun activity to do in a small group for social interaction and promotion of language.


Blocks, Bowl, Buttons, Construction Paper, Paper Plate, Pom-poms, Scissors, Straws, Tongs


Bilateral Hand Use (?)The use of both hands simultaneously, in a controlled manner, to perform an activity (i.e. clapping hands, using your one hand to hold a pencil while the other is used to stabilize the paper). , Cutting, Finger Strength, Pincer Grasp, Sensory Processing, Social Interaction, and Tactile Perception (?)Tactile Perception (sometimes referred to as touch perception) is the brain's ability to understand (perceive) what the hands are feeling.


You will need to use green construction paper (light and/or dark) and assorted small different textured objects (i.e. pom-poms, buttons, small blocks, etc.). You may also want to use different size and color straws.

First, explain to the child that you are going to make a salad. Let the child tear up the pieces of paper using both hands, to make lettuce leaves, and place the pieces in the bowl.

Then, have the child cut the straws into different size pieces and add them to the bowl. Ask the child to add the pom-poms, buttons, blocks, and think of creative things they can be (e.g. red pom-poms for cherry tomatoes, blocks as croutons). Have the child "toss" the salad by hand, allowing him to feel the different textures.

Use the tongs to "serve" the salad. To focus on social skills, ask the child to serve you/other peers/ themselves/co-treating therapists and say things like "more please!", "no more, thank you", etc.
Sensory Salad OT activity

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