A Sensory Diet: Alphabet Letter Tiles
I was fortunate to pick up a big bag (of all the alphabet) of these foam alphabet tiles from the side of the road. I’m not into dumpster diving but I am a bit of a freegan when it comes to things off the side of the road.
Alphabet tiles were recommended in Raising A Sensory Smart Child. As long as they are not bitten, they are safe and can be thrown safely with only a small chance of damaging anything. Here, they were providing a surface with a different texture, that could be stomped on, jumped on, danced on and run on, with less noise and joint impact than usual flooring. These particular tiles also have a different texture for each different colour of foam (which I am sure we’ll explore later). Using them as a floor surface means that the different input it gives the feet and joints provides the brain with different information, allowing the child to develop a broader sensory awareness. Large body movements and joint compression are calming for the sensory system, and using these mats provides that in a safe way. They are inexpensive to purchase, even cheaper if you find them on the side of the road ;-).