There are several types of commercial sensory tunnels available, each with its own purpose. One type of sensory tunnel, a stretchy fabric tube, is an easy do-it-yourself project with many benefits to a child who requires sensory integration. Crawling through this type of sensory tunnel, which will stretch and move with your child, teaches manual dexterity and linear movement, and helps a child with sensory problems become accustomed to the feeling of fabric against his skin as he moves.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Jersey fabric
- Sewing machine
Purchase 1 yard of jersey fabric with two-way stretch. This is the same material used to make T-shirts. You will fold the fabric in half, so the tunnel will be 1/2 a yard wide. If you're child is older or larger, purchase more fabric as needed.
Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, width wise. If your fabric is one yard long and 60 inches wide, your tunnel will be 60 inches long and 1/2 a yard wide. Pin along the long edge of the fabric to form a tube.
Sew along the pinned edge of the fabric. Turn the fabric tube right-side out. Your child can enter one end of this sensory tube and crawl through to the other. The short length of the tunnel allows your child to see the light at the other end, which may help him overcome any fear he feels with regard to this activity.
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