Create Your Own Sensory Book
Hey there friends! Today’s a rainy day so I thought I’d whip up a fun craft for indoor afternoons. Has anyone heard of a sensory book? They’re these fun creations that have different textured pages you can flip through. Today we’re going to go over how you can create your own sensory book.
You’ll need these items to get started:
- A blank scrapbook with thick cardboard pages (steer clear of the ones with paper pages in plastic)–I’ve found a 10 x 10 or 8 x 8 works best
- A good quality craft glue
- About 12 inches of ribbon
The key is decorate each page with fun feeling items like wooden sticks, straws, fabric, feathers, buttons, and more; anything flat will work. Felt is a neat-o fabric to work with because it “sticks” to itself. Use it to create backgrounds and items, animals or people to go over them. You can also create “pockets” on the page with paper or fabric to tuck figures into.
Consider a theme for your book. Here are some great ideas:
- Out on the Farm – Paint plastic or paper straws brown and past to the page vertically. Top them with cotton balls colored green. These are your trees. You can make “fences” with the straws, and cut out felt animal shapes with button or sequin eyes for each page. Want to get really creative? Paste up a barn using popsicle sticks! Find some white fun fur to create a “field” of sheep! Use my plastic pellets to create a “rocky” road up to the barn or as a textured center for a large sunflower.
- Outer Space – Lay down a background of black or dark blue felt. Cut a round sponge and paint it grey, then paste it up as your moon. You can then add buttons and shiny stars, or cut out felt aliens, space ships, or astronauts! Paste on my plastic pellets in circles for rough asteroids.
- Under the Sea – Cut strips of ribbon and paste to the top of the page for your “seaweed.” You can also lay down some pages of blue felt and cut out fish and coral shapes. A fun way to create textured coral is take a piece of corrugated cardboard and carefully tear off one side of the outer cardboard revealing the rumpled interior. Cut the piece into a wavy shape with little “fingers” and color brightly. Cover one side of cardboard circles with my plastic pellets to create underground rocks and paste on.
- Animals – Use the felt and feathers to create birds, or paste up straws to create a ridged crocodile back and then glue on my plastic pellets to make the rough sides. Many craft stores sell large sequins or “penny sequins” that would make great scales! You can also find fun fur to make each page a different furry friend!
I hope you enjoy this activity and create a sensory book that entertains for countless car rides and rainy afternoons! Do you have a finished sensory book or page you’d like to share? Do you have a terrific theme idea to share? Be sure to post it on my Facebook page! I can’t wait to see your creations! If you need to order Quality Plastic Pellets for this or any other craft, just click on the link below.