Spring Sensory Activity Pack

 

Get ready to explore a world of sensory play with our specially curated spring sensory activity pack that’s bursting with creativity and fun!

From vibrant arts and crafts projects to sensory activities and hands-on experiments, this eggstra-special pack is designed to bring a touch of magic to your springtime adventures. Let your creativity bloom. Get ready to dive in and let the springtime fun begin!

What you’ll find inside:

  • Springtime Snap
  • Garden Carrot Cake Recipe
  • Mirror Madness
  • Crafty Sheep Crafts
  • Maze Challenges
  • Chocolate Dough Slime
  • The Bug Hub
  • Colouring Pages

Our seasonal activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Head to our Activity Pack page to download your copy of the Spring Activity Pack.

 

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Halloween Sensory Activity Pack 2023

 

If you’re after some spooktacular autumn activities to thrill your little monster’s senses, dive into our free Halloween Sensory Activity Pack! Specially assembled by our sensory team, the pack is designed to keep little hands busy whilst nurturing and developing senses and letting their creativity run wild!

What you’ll find inside:

  • Autumn Scavenger Hunt
  • Spider Biscuits Recipe
  • Maze Challenge
  • Pumpkin Slime Recipe
  • Pet Party Counting Activity
  • Bubbling Brew Science Experiment
  • Spooky Dot to Dots
  • Leaf Crown Crafts
  • Halloween Cat Colouring Pages

Our seasonal activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download our Halloween Sensory Activity Pack

 

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We Have A New Website!

 

We’re so excited to announce our brand-new sensory website! It’s been designed with you and your senses in mind. Alongside the easier-to-navigate design, we’ve also added a few new features that we’re sure you’ll love. Keep reading to find out more!

 

Shop

We’ve streamlined our shop so that it’s easier to find what you’re looking for.

Search by category, then use the handy green tab on the left-hand side of the page to filter by product features, sensory room type, or special needs.

Explore our sensory shop

 

Gallery

Our gallery is like a Pinterest board full of sensory project inspiration. Whether you’re looking for room design ideas, the perfect padding colour scheme or sensory product recommendations – having a quick scroll through our gallery might help you out!

Discover the sensory gallery

 

Wishlist

What would you put in your dream sensory room? Explore our shop and click the little heart icon above your favourite products; they’ll be added to your wishlist.

Your wishlist will be saved, so every time you return to our website, you’ll be able to see it and keep adding to it.

The wishlist even has a download feature so that you can share it with other people and use it for fundraising efforts 😊

Create a wishlist

 

Cost Calculator

Have you ever wondered about how much your dream sensory room might cost? Well, our handy cost calculator will be able to give you a quick estimate.

Scroll through and select your space customisation options, like room type, number of bubble tubes, and safety padding; fill out your contact details, and a member of our friendly sensory team will promptly be in touch with a price estimate for your sensory space.

Try the cost calculator

 

As always, if you have any sensory questions, queries, or quandaries, get in touch with our friendly sales team – they’ll be more than happy to help! 🙂

5 Things We Learned From The Paediatric Dental Health Conference

 

In March, we were invited to attend the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry’s Study Day in Cardiff.

Dr Rohini Mohan, Swansea Bay’s Clinical Lead for Community Dental Services, invited us to listen to her presentation about caring for patients with sensory difficulties.

Over the past year, Rohini and her colleague Bethan Morgan have been conducting a study into the use of sensory resources in making treatments more accessible for younger patients with special needs, autism and sensory processing difficulties. One of our Sensory Voyagers has been a key part of her study, and Rohini was keen for us to bring one to the conference so her colleagues could see its sensory magic in person.

We had a fantastic day at the event. And to make sure you don’t miss out, we’ve put together the top 5 things we learned from Rohini’s presentation.

1. Hospital settings are naturally overwhelming environments.

Everyday spaces we take for granted can be sensory nightmares for children with sensory issues.

Hospitals, with their bright lights, white walls, busy corridors, and odd smells and sounds, create an unusually overstimulating environment that can be difficult for people with sensory processing issues to digest.

“Unknowingly, we have been hampering how we deliver care to children who experience sensory issues,” Rohini explained. “Sensory environments within hospitals are out of our control. We should be doing more to make our treatment environments accessible.”

2. We like to talk about inclusivity, but are we always being inclusive?

Making treatment environments more accessible for patients with sensory processing issues is crucial to inclusivity. Although Bethan was keen to point out that “other barriers to dental care can make it difficult for autistic patients to receive treatment.”

These include cognitive and physical disabilities, difficulty with communication, and anxiety, which is one of the main issues in access to dental services, especially for people with learning difficulties.

Rohini Delivers Her Presentation

3. Thank You, Wendy Sparkle!

After catching sight of one of our portable Sensory Voyager trollies wheeling around Bridgend Hospital, Rohini came up with the idea to use the Sensory Voyager to calm and relax patients before their treatment.

Wendy Sparkle, one of the hospital’s play specialists, explained to Rohini what the Voyager was, what it could do, and how it would be helpful for children with additional needs.

Rohini asked if she could borrow it, and Wendy agreed, kickstarting Rohini’s big inclusive sensory experiment.

Sensory Voyager in Dental Treatment Room

4. The Sensory Voyager ‘Worked Like Magic’

After using the Sensory Voyager in her clinic for just over a year, Rohi and her team concluded that the sensory trolley had made a hugely positive impact on the levels of care they could provide to children with additional needs.

“Our patients were so focused on the voyager, they didn’t get too agitated, and they were happy to sit around and play with the fibre optics, watch the lights, watch the bubbles go up and down – it was amazing.”

  • Anxiety from patients in the waiting room went from yellow and red (highly anxious), to green (calm) during treatment.
  • 96% saw a change in their behaviour/ feelings when using the sensory unit, and 100% said it was a positive change.
  • 91% completed their treatment, and 100% felt like the sensory Voyager played a part in that success.
  • 100% would like to use the Voyager in the future.

5. A Sensory Success Story

Since completing their study, Rohini and her team have adopted another Sensory Voyager trolley. So now they have two twinkling units rolling through their clinic!

Not only are the trollies used by patients with autism or special needs, but they’re used with patients who may be simply feeling anxious before they go in for treatment.

At the end of the day, we just want to make everybody’s lives easier. Ours, the parents, and the patients,” Rohini explained.

Young Child Plays with the Sensory Voyager

Rohini and her team will be conducting more research into the clinical use of Sensory Voyagers in treatment settings to expand their studies and explore the broader consequences of using sensory as a therapeutic distraction method.

And we can’t wait to see how far the Voyager’s magic can flow!

Find out more about our portable Sensory Voyagers. And if you have any questions about the use of sensory equipment in treatment clinics, make sure you get in touch with a member of our friendly sensory team 🙂

Children’s Mental Health Week 2023

It’s Children’s Mental Health Week!

And we have a host of spectacular sensory activities ready to boost your mood, support your wellbeing, and celebrate this important occasion.

Children’s Mental Health Week was set up in 2015 by the children’s charity Place 2 Be. Their aim of the week is to highlight the importance of children and young people’s mental health; each year, they attach a theme to the week to help guide discussions and activities. And this year’s theme is Let’s Connect.

 

Feeling Connected To Our Senses

Connections are a great place to start when thinking about our mental health.

Not only do connections help us feel closer to other people, but they can also help us feel closer to ourselves.

I know we love talking about senses, but did you know that feeling connected to our senses is a great way to boost our mental wellbeing?

You might be asking how? Well, think about the last bath you had…

The warm water against your skin, the weightlessness of your body as it floats in the water, the lavender-scented bubble bath that’s made the water smell like a sunny summer garden and created a pool of pretty purple bubbles, and the sounds of your favourite calming Spotify mix pouring out of your phone’s speaker.

You’re feeling calmer, right?

That’s because you’re stimulating and immersing your senses and giving them the input they need to feel energised, restored and relaxed. Once your senses are in balance, you’ll likely feel balanced within yourself too. It’s a simple therapeutic trick.

Although when you’re a child, it can be difficult to use the same tricks.

At a young age, children are only just discovering their senses and figuring out sensory preferences. They’re also usually in sensory environments that they can’t control (i.e. noisy classrooms), making it difficult for kids to feel connected to themselves and the wider world around them. Unfortunately, this could have consequential impacts on their mental health, stress and anxiety, which could lead to a meltdown.

So, to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week, we’ve created a bite-sized list of sensory activities designed to help kids think about their sensory preferences. Working through the list should help you to feel more connected to your senses and yourself.

Take your time, have a go, a have fun!

 

Children's Mental Health Week Blog

Let’s Connect: Sensory Activities

Smell: Think about your favourite scents. How do you feel when you smell them?

  • Connect with someone else by asking them what their favourite scent is. Ask them why it’s their favourite scent. How does it compare to yours? How would they smell together?

Sight: What is your favourite colour? How does that colour make you feel?

  • Paint a picture using different shades of your favourite colour.
  • Connect with someone who also likes your favourite colour.

Touch: What is your favourite comfort to touch and hug? Is it a blanket, cuddly toy or fluffy jumper? Think about its textures and why you like the feel of them.

  • Go outside and explore nature’s different textures—the rough bark of a tree, the crisp, shiny grass, and the crumbly dirt. Stimulate your tactile senses, connect with nature, and give your mood a little pick-me-up.

Taste: What’s your favourite thing to eat? Why is it your favourite? Is it the way it tastes or a memory that’s attached to it?

  • Cook the meal and share it with someone else.

Sound: What’s your favourite song? What does it remind you of? Why do you like it so much?

  • Make a collaborative playlist with your friends that includes all of your favourite songs, and have an afternoon dance party listening to them all.

 

Children's Mental Health Week Blog

Supporting Our Mental Health

Our senses and building connections are just some of the many different activities that we can do to look after our mental health and wellbeing.

Make sure you look at Place 2 Be’s website for more resources and advice about supporting children’s mental health.

We hope that you have a wonderful Children’s Mental Health Week!

 

Further Information

The Rhino Sensory Trailer: Bringing Sensory To You

Introducing the Rhino Sensory Trailer

The Rhino Sensory Trailer is a portable sensory room on wheels. We’ve designed and built the trailer so that you can see and experience the magic of a Sensory Room before you decide to buy one for yourself.

Perfect for calming and wellbeing activities, the Sensory Trailer has been designed with Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Autism in mind. It’s wheelchair accessible, infection control friendly, and a great soft, safe space for younger children and older adults to relax, enjoy and discover their senses.

 

Inside the Rhino Sensory Trailer

What’s inside the Rhino Sensory Trailer?

The portable sensory room is jam-packed with interactive resources, perfect for a morning or afternoon of play!

Whether you’re looking for a calming session, sat back relaxing on the cosy bench seating, surrounded by twinkling fibre optics and the brilliantly bubbling colours of the trio of bubble and hurricane tubes. Or a creative learning session, dancing, jumping and moving across the dynamic images and games generated by the interactive projector system. We’re sure that you’ll be able to create an experience perfect for you!

List of Sensory Trailer Resources

  • Bubble Tube and Hurricane Tubes
  • Hurricane Wall Panel
  • Sound & Light Panel
  • Fibre Optics
  • Interactive Floor Projector
  • LED Light Cube
  • Cosy Beanbags
  • Handheld and Glow in The Dark Resources
  • Bluetooth Speakers

 

Wonder faced child in the Rhino Sensory Trailer

How many people can fit inside the trailer?

The trailer can comfortably fit up to five children as they connect, communicate and socialise together.

 

Learning with the Bubble Tubes in the Rhino Sensory Trailer

What can the Sensory Trailer be used for?

The trailer and its controlled environment are ideal for calming, thinking about emotions, and therapeutically supporting wellbeing.

Although it can also be used as an alternative space for one-to-one or group learning sessions. Pupils can use the learning suite on the Interactive Floor Projector to creatively develop maths, English and cause and effect skills. Or they can use the Bubble Tubes to learn more about colours and preferences.

Learning in a controlled sensory environment is beneficial for children on the autism spectrum, as it gives them the space and the opportunity to learn freely in a way that works for them.

 

Playing together in the Rhino Sensory Trailer

How can I hire the Sensory Trailer?

All you have to do is fill out this form. Once you’ve filled it out, a member of our friendly sensory team will be in touch to organise the trip.

If you’d prefer, you can talk to a member of our team directly at 01270 766660 to book the trailer and ask any questions you may have.

 

Inside he Rhino Sensory Trailer

More Information

Winter Sensory Activity Pack 2022

Tis the time for the most sensory of seasons…

Can you hear the festive jingle bells? Feel the warmth of a crackling of a fire? Smell the pine and peppermint in the air? And taste the sweetness of a hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows?

As an early Christmas treat, our sensory team have put together a free sensory activity pack for you to get stuck into! It’s free to download and filled with exciting activities designed to stimulate your senses – whether that’s making sweet-smelling strawberry marshmallow slimecarefully connecting and colouring Christmas dot-to-dotsor creating snowball surprise soap.

Our activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download our Winter Sensory Activity Pack

You can download it right here.

Winter Sensory Activity Pack

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Occupational Therapy (OT) Week 2022

It’s November – which means it’s time to celebrate Occupational Therapy Week!

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists created OT Week to bring awareness to OTs and all of the fantastic work they do. This year it runs from the 7th to the 13th of November.

It may only officially be a week, but we’re planning on celebrating the magic, wonder and support OTs provide for a whole month.

Girl on Platform Swing

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is a holistic, science-based type of physical and mental therapy that aims to help people live their best lives.

Through strengthening, balancing, calming, talking, learning, moving and thinking, occupational therapists give clients confidence in themselves and their bodies – boosting wellbeing and helping them on their path to independence.

Boy on Platform Swing

What is Occupational Therapy Week?

Occupational Therapy Week was created by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists to bring awareness to occupational therapists and all of the amazing work they do.

It’s an important time to celebrate, too, as the current political, social and economic climate has created an increased need for occupational therapy services.

Since the coronavirus pandemic, there has been an:

  • 85% increase in the number of people seeking children’s services
  • 82% increase in demand for OT lead rehabilitation services
  • 55% of children and young people do not meet the recommended targets for physical activity
  • 7 million people in the UK are chronically lonely, 1 million more than pre-pandemic.

To try and turn the tide on these depressing figures, this year’s OT Week Celebrations are about ‘Lifting Up Your Everyday’ – and how little things can make huge differences to your health and wellbeing in the long term.

Sensory Integration Room

Rhino UK & Occupational Therapy

We’re proud to work alongside Occupational Therapists to help them deliver top-quality therapeutic services.

Whether we’re supplying portable resources for on-the-road therapists, designing and building state-of-the-art Sensory Integration Rooms for practical OT sessions, or advising therapists about which occupational therapy resources would best support their clients’ therapeutic needs.

We know that actions speak louder than words, so check out our video case study at More Rehab.

 

More Rehab is an occupational therapy centre that supports the south Yorkshire area with therapy, rehabilitation and physiotherapy services. We collaborated with their OTs to create an inclusive sensory integration space to be used by clients of all ages to develop their motor, balance and confidence skills.

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Halloween Sensory Activity Pack

 

It’s officially spooky season!

To help you get into the spirit, our Sensory Team has put together a wickedly awesome Halloween activity pack for you to get stuck into. It’s free to download and filled with ghoulish games, spooky recipes, creepy crafts, slimy science, scary snacks, monsterous colouring pages, and even more frighteningly fun activities designed to stimulate and develop your senses.

Our activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download our Halloween Sensory Activity Pack

You can download it right here.

 

Halloween Sensory Activity Pack

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National Play in Hospital Week 2022

What is National Play in Hospital Week?

National Play in Hospital Week 2022 is a week dedicated to celebrating the magic of play in hospitals and the play specialists who help make that happen.

The week also aims to raise awareness of the benefits of play and how it can greatly boost the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of children and young adults who receive long-term care in hospital settings.

 

What are the Origins of the Celebration?

National Play in Hospital Week started back in 2010 when the National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS) decided to raise awareness of their cause ‘to promote and ensure the provision of therapeutic and stimulating play facilities in healthcare’.

Just under 50,000 children in the UK have a life-limiting or life-threatening illness, and they will likely need regular trips to the hospital for important treatments and appointments. Hospital play services are essential to help make those trips as manageable as possible, dispelling anxiety and inspiring bravery.

 

The Benefits of Play in Hospitals

Play is usually written off as something fun. But its benefits are wide-reaching. As Cathy Gilman, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation, explains, “Play isn’t just a ‘nice-to-have’, it’s an essential service for maintaining the wellbeing and development of children and young people before and after treatment.”

Benefits of Play in Hospital:

  • Play helps children learn more about their health and understand why they’re in hospital and what their treatments are for, empowering their time in care.
  • Play reduces anxiety, fear and stress surrounding hospitals, improving children’s wellbeing.
  • Play can help to reduce the pain associated with hospital treatments.
  • Play can give children a sense of control and help them feel as though they have some autonomy – something that’s typically lost through illness and hospitalisation.

 

National Play in Hospital Week 2022: Play for Resilience and Good Mental Health (10-14th October)

This year, National Play in Hospital Week coincides with World Mental Health Day, which creates the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate the importance of play for mental health.

Did you know that children, young people, play practitioners and families all benefit from play in hospitals?

 

Rhino UK & Hospital Play

One of the most popular sensory resources in hospitals is our all-in-one sensory dream machine – the Sensory Voyager. Every voyager is portable, practical and infection-control friendly, wheeling from room to deliver joy, distraction, and big smiles to patients in need.

We’d like to celebrate National Play in Hospital Week by sharing pictures from this year’s voyager deliveries and giving a big shout-out to the doctors, nurses and play specialists who bring the magic of play to patients!

Sensory Voyager at Kingston Hospital London Altnagelvin Hospital Rhino Sensory Voyager Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospital Staff with Sensory Voyager Southend Radiology Department Staff with their new Sensory Voyager

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