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Supporting additional learning needs

Information about creating sensory/play packs for children with additional learning needs

Parents and whānau can create a sensory/play pack for their child using readily available materials. See below information about creating a sensory/play pack and links to PDFs that outline activities that families can do at home to support their child’s learning.

Sensory play

See links to activities and recipes for sensory play below under 'Activity suggestions'. 

Activity suggestions use materials that families might already have at home, or that are readily available at supermarkets and other shops.

Some suggested materials for use are:

  • cardboard box large or small, e.g. recycled cereal box
  • cardboard tubes
  • coloured card and paper
  • glue stick
  • paints (non-toxic)
  • chunky paint brush
  • balloons
  • feathers
  • pipe cleaners
  • playdough
  • muffin tins
  • paper plates
  • cotton wool
  • clothes pegs
  • shaving foam (non-toxic)
  • straws.

Activity suggestions