The creation….

You will be able to see pictures of our instruction Here

  1. Obtain a wood board… The one we used…4’x2′ Plywood $12 from home depot! Our board  has three coats of orange spray paint, 2 cans $3.68 each at home depot.
  2. We started to add our product…. shinny beaded cloth for texture and sight. bought at target $3.99.Set of 5 Tupperware bowls for $1.00 from the dollar tree. Added sugar, raw egg noodles, and small bells to the bowls. You can add any item to each bowl that you may have around the house.  A sponge,  bought for a $1.00 from the dollar tree. Great for texture and to add smelly stuff to, for smell senses. Lawn windmill from the dollar tree for $1.00. great for sight and touch! Bells on a string for sound and touch. Bought a pack of 25 from the Dollar tree during the holidays for $1.00.

A Bit About Us…

We are a group of California State University students creating a page on how to create a sensory board. A sensory board is all about social cognition and allow any child to develop their senses. We all are focused on working with children, weather we are teachers or working in social work we are dedicated to working with children. We are determined to give parents, or teachers a way to create and enhance social cognition of children by using a sensory board made from household items. We will be producing new items that can be found >> Here Sensory Board!

We also will be producing new and creative ideas that allow you at home to create these too!




The sound of items can really be a problem for some children. Loud noised can cause a child have an emotional melt down. Our board gives children the opportunity work with the sounds and to learn to be comfortable with the sounds. There are boards that are designed strictly to sound, but we focused on more than one object for each. The author of Children’s Thinking, Siegler and Alibali (2005) describes sound as the development of auditory perception. In simple activities with infants, the head-turn preference is when a child turns their head towards the sound. From the moment they are born, infants are responsive to sound. In the womb infants are exposed to sounds and will tend to move around more. As weeks after birth, children start to hear and expand their range of sound. Over the period of time, children are noticings sounds or range of pitch from 1,000 to 3,000 hz (Siegler and Alibali, 2005). This is normally the range in which speech is done in. Infants also learn to identify and discriminate between sounds that differ subtly.

This can be demonstrated with some of the items that we put on our board to describe this are the small changes in sounds. We put different items in simple tupperware to make different sounds. The sound of marshmallows make a soft sound in the shakers, but hard uncooked noodles make a more rattle noise.

The next item is wind chimes. This sound allows children to experience this high pitch sound without being afraid of them. This also falls inline with the bells.