Dollar Store Sensory Bottles

Today I thought I would make sensory bottles, considering my sensory bag leaked (probably because I got 99 cent ziplocks from the dollar store). So I ventured to Dollarama, the Canadian version of Dollartree. There I spent a total of $16.25. Here is the list of things I bought;

  • Set of 4 plastic bottles x2 ($6)
  • Small multicoloured building blocks ($2.50)
  • Decorative gems ($2)
  • Glitter glue x2 ($2.50)
  • Purple sparkly gravel ($2)
  • Multicoloured sand ($1.25)

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I had leftover water beads from a previous project so I decided to throw those in there.

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This is what I came up with. From left to right;

  1. Water beads in the plastic bottle (creative, I know)
  2. Decorative gems, they make a cool nice and are very shiny
  3. Glitter glue in water. This one was cool, the glitter glue sticks in little bits that float around.
  4. Decorative sand, now this one was disappointing. I thought there would be a lot more sand in that kit. But it still looks pretty and makes a nice sound
  5. Purple sparkly gravel, this one sounds like rain and is very nice to look at
  6. Multicoloured toy blocks. These ones are really neat to look at. They also make a noise thats different from the others
  7. Another bottle of water beads.

This whole project took me under 10 minutes to make. If I include the trip to the dollar store, then it took me around 30 minutes. I’d say its a success, but I should probably test it out. I’m planning to bring a few to a 9 month old I babysit. I’ve heard a lot of good things about sensory bottles, so hopefully mine will be just as well received!

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Getting Into The Business

Yesterday I met with an occupational therapist. In my 18 years of being around occupational therapists I have never met one that isn’t the nicest person in the room. She was extremely helpful. We talked about schooling and even volunteer opportunities for me. Here are three main points she told me on how to get into occupational therapy masters program:

  1. Get a bachelors in anything, but make sure it has the required classes for the OT program you want to apply for. I’m planning on psychology, and she said that many of her colleagues have a bachelors in psychology.
  2. The more experience you have, the more likely you will be excepted into an OT program. Specifically volunteering with an OT or with children.
  3. It takes a minimum of 6 years, 4 years for a bachelors and 2 years in the OT program. The OT I talked to took 2 years in-between to work with kids. This gave her more experience, like I said, the more experience the better.

The OT I talked to said that it’s harder to go into private practice right away, so it’s best to get a job within the health care system, i.e. a hospital. Private practice makes a lot more money, and thats what I want to do in the long run, but start within a system to gain experience and seniority. There is a huge need for paediatric private practice which is great for people like me who want to open a private practice eventually. The OT I spoke with told me she’s always wanted to work with kids, and I have also always wanted to too. Being in the field is a very rewarding job. From what I see, its the best job out there.

Frog Sensory Bag

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First off, what is a sensory bag? a sensory bag is mainly used for children under the age of 2. It is a mess free way to experience different sensory objects. This one is a “frog and water” bag. The “water” is hair gel.

As I was scrolling through Pinterest, I came across sensory bags. I currently babysit two girls under one years old. I thought a sensory bag would be perfect for a baby. Still giving the child a chance to explore, but in a safer way. I found all the materials at the dollar store; duct tape, (knock off) ziplock, toy frogs, and blue shower gel. I was originally looking for hair gel, but they only had clear. I think it still worked out well. I am babysitting a nine month old on Friday, so I will bring it to her and see how she reacts. I’ll keep you updated!

UPDATE:

It leaked, all over my bag. I’ve since put it in a stronger ziplock. It was probably not the best choice to buy 99 cent ziplocks from a dollar store. I’m going to remake it and hopefully It will turn out better then this one!

UPDATE #2:

The bag was well received, a fun experience for the one year old and a easy way for me to get a break. She was very interested for a solid 10 minutes.

My First Attempt: Rainbow Bubbles

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My first attempt at sensory play was sort of a fail and win at the same time. I originally thought that I would just stir bubbles in cups until I made enough. That proved not to work and I could only fill a small baggy with the bubbles I managed to make. I instead used a sink hose to make a lot of bubbles in a tub, then added food colouring. This was a lot easier and made a lot more bubbles. It gave us all a break from math and other school work which was much appreciated.

The First Post

I first learned about occupational therapy as a young teenager, needing some help managing stress and other issues. My first appointment was the highlight of my week; there were crash pads, hammocks, fidgets, etc. I didn’t think playing games and using toys would help me… But it did.

I learned techniques, I had fun, and I managed a lot better in my day to day life. I only recently thought of occupational therapy as a career choice for myself. I originally was thinking of becoming a registered psychologist, only to find out it takes at least 13 years of schooling. I don’t want to be in my 30s just starting a career. So I searched the web looking for jobs that help kids. I came across occupational therapy, and remembered that I was personally helped by it.

Although I have a full on plan for school and a career, I am still in high school. It’s probably the coolest school in all of Canada. We focus on inquiries. I’m experimenting with sensory play to build this website to develop my research. This being my official first post, I’m still getting the hang of this. Bare with me, I’ll get better as the days pass.