Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Sensory Path

I have seen so many amazing sensory paths in schools and have wanted to make one ever since.  This summer I cut out some basic arrows using my Silhouette. I bought several different wall/floor stickers from wish.com. The stickers I ordered ended up being smaller than I expected, but it made it easy to make the path inside of my classroom. I have a small class and was able to make the path around my small group tables and along the walls. My kids love it!

Students begin by jumping on the arrows with their toes pointing in the same direction as the arrows.

When they get to the paw prints, they push against the lockers as hard and as silently as possible.

Next, they work on balance by following the train tracks.

The next part is the 'Fly Zone.' Students fly until they reach the green arrow.

At the green arrow they turn and follow the underwater path. Students squat/crawl/crab walk following the arrows to the submarines.

Finally, students come to the alphabet. F0r my older students, they jump from A-Z. Other students jump to spell their names. When our preschool friends use it, they just bunny hop on all of the letters. There is a red stop sign at the end of the alphabet that students hop on to show they are finished.

Our sensory path is very simple and plain compared to many that I have seen, but it works just the same. I would love to see pictures of sensory paths that you have in your classroom/school.



  1. I love this idea! No one knows how much sensory paths can be used!! These are such beneficial and practical tools for our students that are so fun and yet engaging. Along with the pictures have you thought about using words? This could help students learn their directions as well as spelling. For example where there is an arrow pointing to the right you would write the word "right" or where there is an arrow pointing to the left you could write the word "left." Just a suggestion but love this idea.

  2. This is a fantastic tool to add to a classroom. Often I see these in a hallway at a school that the counselor or other professional puts in the school, but I have never thought about fitting it into your own classroom! I am curious as to when this is used in your classroom. Is this a tool you use to de-escalate a child, or do they choose when to use it? Great tool!

    1. I use this as needed throughout the day. Some students use it during transitions to get some movement in. Other students use it as a de-escaluation strategy. Some students will ask to use the sensory path and others I ask if they want to take a break and visit the sensory path.

  3. I love the idea of a sensory path in the classroom. I had a kiddo once that would pace the back of the classroom to help calm down. I recently purchased a Cricut for the exact reason of finding things like a sensory path to put into my classroom. In what ways/how does this help your kiddos in your experiences with it so far?


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