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Sensory Friendly Saturdays

On the second Saturday of every month, Miami Children’s Museum offers a sensory friendly experience for children with disabilities and their families. While the Museum is temporarily closed, we are bringing those experiences to you virtually!

Join us every second Saturday for sensory friendly activities including at home how-to’s, art projects, and special performances!

Scented Paint | Sensory Play | How-To

Scented Paint | Sensory Play | How-To

Making Sense of Scents | Saturday, September 12

Paint and sniff in this sensory-based art activity. Use essential oils, extracts, and spices from home to create scented paint. Then see what colors and smells you can create by mixing them together!

Smelling Memory Game | Sensory Play | How-To

Smelling Memory Game | Sensory Play | How-To

Making Sense of Scents | Saturday, September 12

Your sense of smell is a bigger part of your life than you may think. It can cause different memories or even emotions to be brought up. How many times have you walked by a bakery and gotten hungry? Or smelled a perfume and remembered someone special? In this game, weʼre going to practice using smell to remember where it comes from.

Cartola | Cooking Class

Cartola | Cooking Class

Making Sense of Scents | Saturday, September 12

Join Marcilia, our public programs coordinator, in the kitchen this Sensory Friendly Saturday to make cartola, a delicious treat from her hometown, made with bananas and fresh white cheese 🍌

Ingredients: 2 Bananas, Butter, Fresh White Cheese, Molasses

Autumn Cloud Dough | Sensory Bin | How-To

Autumn Cloud Dough | Sensory Bin | How-To

Making Sense of Scents | Saturday, September 12

Your sense of smell has the best memory! It can trigger happy, sad, and bad moments. Certain smells can give your children comfort, self-regulation, and can even help with attention and focus. Try introducing soothing smells to your little ones through their environment and through fun, playful sensory bins such as this one.

Just A Minute | Eng & Spa | Story Time

Just A Minute | Eng & Spa | Story Time

Making Sense of Scents | Saturday, September 12

This Sensory Friendly Saturday we are also celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with an extra special story time performance of the book “Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book” by Yuyi Morales. This story time is in English and Spanish!

Sign Language (ASL) | Lesson

Sign Language (ASL) | Lesson

Friendship Day | Saturday, August 8

Learn a new language this Sensory Friendly Saturday with Lisa, one of our MiChiMu educators.

Sign languages are languages that use the visual-manual modality to convey meaning. In this learning lesson, try out a few phrases like, “Hello, friend!” and “Do you want to play a game?” and learn to communicate in a new way!

Friendship Art | Sensory Art Project | How-To

Friendship Art | Sensory Art Project | How-To

Friendship Day | Saturday, August 8

In celebration of friendship we are creating a collaborative art piece to share space, materials and ideas though the process of art.

This mixed media project can include any textured item found in your craft drawer like pompoms, feathers, tissue paper, buttons and more. After you and a friend have finished, you will divide it and each of you will keep a piece. Like friendship there is no one way of doing this activity, so grab a friend and share styles and materials and work together to create this textured piece!

Creative Movement Freestyle | Activity

Creative Movement Freestyle | Activity

Friendship Day | Saturday, August 8

Express yourself through movement this Sensory Friendly Saturday!

Join John, one of our MiChiMu educators, for a creative movement workshop. Let your body go with the flow and move to the beat of whatever song you’re listening to, and try out some new moves that you wouldn’t normally try!

Guess the Letter | Activity

Guess the Letter | Activity

Friendship Day | Saturday, August 8

Guess the letter, shape, or phrase in this touch sensory activity with Lisa, one of our MiChiMu educators!

This Sensory Friendly Saturday, try out this activity with your child to help connect their perceptive and physical sensory experiences, it’s also a great calm down activity or maybe even an activity to do before bed.

Dinosaur Dance! | Story Time + Dance Party

Dinosaur Dance! | Story Time + Dance Party

Summertime Shenanigans | Saturday, July 11

Join our Theatre Troupe for a special story time reading of Sandra Boynton’s “Dinosaur Dance!” and learn some scientific dance moves from the dinosaurs back in the day! Whether it’s the Shimmy Shimmy Shake, the Quivery Quake, or the Cha-Cha-Cha, these moves are sure to be DINO-MITE!

Ooey Gooey Oil | Sensory Art Project | How-To

Ooey Gooey Oil | Sensory Art Project | How-To

Summertime Shenanigans | Saturday, July 11

Explore science through art with this sensory based Ooey Gooey Oil art project!

Using different household mediums like baby oil, corn syrup, corn starch, almond milk and food coloring, mix and match each to see what happens! Take a closer look at how each medium reacts to another through the process of art.

Rainbow Water Walking | Experiment

Rainbow Water Walking | Experiment

Summertime Shenanigans | Saturday, July 11

Learn about capillary action in this visual sensory science experiment with DJ, one of our MiChiMu educators!

In this experiment, capillary action is when a liquid, water, sticks to the paper towels, causing a force that pulls the water up and into the next cup.

Materials: 7 Clear Cups, Water, Food Coloring, 6 Paper Towels

Taekwondo, Warm Ups | Exercise

Taekwondo, Warm Ups | Exercise

Summertime Shenanigans | Saturday, July 11

Get your body moving today with John, one of our MiChiMu educators, who is also a Taekwondo teacher!

Learn the way of this martial art from Korea, which is characterized by head-height kicks, jumping spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques with kicks and striking above waist height only.

Water Sponge Ball Sensory Play | How-To

Water Sponge Ball Sensory Play | How-To

Summertime Shenanigans | Saturday, July 11

This is a multi-sensory activity. Itʼs a combination of tactile, textural, visual and physical sensory experiences. The sponge material itself is textural – perhaps a texture your child is not used to experiencing but must engage in if they want to participate. Itʼs tactile and physical in that your child will need to squeeze the sponge ball for the water to be released. This not only results in a satisfying visual sensory experience (watching the water come out) but squeezing is also a release of energy.

Black Light Painting | How-To

Black Light Painting | How-To

Glow Party | Saturday, June 13

Create a 3D glow party sculpture with black light paint and a cereal box! Use a black light and fluorescent paint to create an epic glow effect or just follow along with bright paint, either way, this cereal box transformation is fun to create! Get creative and make your box into a robot, car, or any other thing you can imagine. We’re going to use fun and simple designs like swirls, zig zags, stars, circles and words.

Glow in the dark painting is a visual sensory activity. It not only engages your child’s visual motor skills through the simple act of painting, but it also challenges their visual perceptions of what they’ve painted when the lights go out and their designs glow!

Don’t worry if you’re missing any of the supplies, we created a shopping list on Amazon to help get you started. Click below to shop!

P.S. If you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Miami Children’s Museum as your nonprofit to support, a portion of the proceeds from your order will come back to us at no extra cost to you! 

Glow-in-the-Dark Oobleck | Experiment

Glow-in-the-Dark Oobleck | Experiment

Glow Party | Saturday, June 13

It’s a solid… It’s a liquid… It’s oobleck! Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid that can behave like a solid or liquid, depending on the force being applied to it. It got its name from Bartholomew and the Oobleck, Dr. Seuss’ classic book where a sticky green substance falls from the sky and creates a mess!

This is a sensory friendly science experiment that’s fun for kids and adults alike. Join Max, one of our MiChiMu educators, to make your very own oobleck, then play with the material and discover how it acts differently from a liquid and a solid.

Materials: Bowl, Measuring Cup, Yellow Highlighters, Water, Cornstarch, Gloves, Paper Towels, Black Light Bulb, Lamp, LED Flashlight

Flashlight Tag | Activity

Flashlight Tag | Activity

Glow Party | Saturday, June 13

Flashlight tag is a sensory activity that engages gross motor skills, patience, perception, and visual motor skills.

This activity teaches children a new way of perceiving things, because their eyes have to adjust to a dark setting, and they have to learn how to see things using only light that’s coming from a flashlight. It also teaches them simple lessons like taking turns and following rules.

Glow-in-the-Dark Face Paint | How-To

Glow-in-the-Dark Face Paint | How-To

Glow Party | Saturday, June 13

This Sensory Friendly Saturday we are celebrating with a DIY at-home Glow Party!

Our first activity is a homemade glow-in-the-dark face paint that can be used to paint your face and body! When you’re done, turn off all the lights and use a black light to see your creation. The heavier the paint is applied, the more it will glow!

Sound Scavenger Hunt | Activity

Sound Scavenger Hunt | Activity

Go on an epic sound scavenger hunt in your very own home! Find each item from the list below and listen to the sounds it makes! Describe the sounds you can make with each item. Are they loud or quiet sounds?

Write down what you hear and if you don’t know the word for it, make up a new one!

Pizza Pillow Pile Up | Activity

Pizza Pillow Pile Up | Activity

This is a pressure therapy activity. Parents, you can utilize this when you feel your child needs to calm down or release.

You can take turns so that both you and your child get a chance to relax!

Pressed Flowers Card | How-To

Pressed Flowers Card | How-To

Create a beautiful bouquet of real pressed flowers to decorate your Mother’s Day card!

Find some beautiful flowers around your house or neighborhood, then use your microwave to dehydrate and press them down.

Are You My Mother? | Story Time

Are You My Mother? | Story Time

Miami Children’s Museum Theatre Troupe here! Join Stephon, Diana, Peter and Seth to read along to “Are You My Mother?” by P. D. Eastman, a classic children’s book about a baby bird in search of his mother!

Elephant Toothpaste | Experiment

Elephant Toothpaste | Experiment

This Sensory Friendly Saturday experiment deals with simple chemical reactions, which happen when you combine two or more items together to create something new! What do you think happens when you mix hydrogen peroxide with soap, warm water, and yeast?! Join Rodiesha, one of our MiChiMu educators, to find out!

Materials: Hydrogen Peroxide, Funnel, Food Coloring, Dish Soap, Empty Water Bottle, Plate / Tray, Measuring Tools, Warm Water, Cup, Dry Yeast, Spoon, Goggles

Sensory Friendly Yoga | Exercise

Sensory Friendly Yoga | Exercise

Join Diana, a MiChiMu Theater Troupe member, to learn how to do two different yoga poses as part of our virtual Sensory Friendly Saturday programming! Breath in and out and learn how to do the ladybug pose and the butterfly pose. Children (and adults) benefit from the strengthening, balancing, and soothing effects yoga has on the nervous system. So join us today to move your body!

What are some of your favorite poses to do at home?

Words Hurt | Activity

Words Hurt | Activity

This activity requires an adult and a child, but more than one child can participate! Explain to the child/ren that you are going to do an activity to show how words affect people.

It’s important to know that once we say mean things, we can’t take them back. This activity will help demonstrate how very true that is!

Sensory Backpack | How-To

Sensory Backpack | How-To

Join DJ, one of our MiChiMu educators, to learn how to make a sensory backpack! These bags are designed to help children with special needs during outings or even at home, and:

  • are filled with items that can help your child manage their own sensory reactions or behaviors
  • can be used to calm hyperactivity or negative behaviors
  • can be used as a way to reward or motivate your child to complete tasks they (or you) need to do (E-Learning, chores)

Don’t forget to check out our Associate Director of Inclusion, Sarah Coleman’s, shopping list on Amazon to help get you started.

P.S. If you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Miami Children’s Museum as your nonprofit to support, a portion of the proceeds from your order will come back to us at no extra cost to you! 

Autism Awareness | Activity

Autism Awareness | Activity

This can be a family activity! It requires at least 5 people, however, one person might be able to do two parts. One person in each group will play the part of someone with autism. The other 4 people will each have different jobs. Have everyone take turns being Person 1 before you discuss.

How do you think it feels to have autism?

The Day The Crayons Quit | How-To

The Day The Crayons Quit | How-To

Make a one of a kind t-shirt design with this fun sandpaper printing technique! Learn about the process of printmaking by transferring crayon drawings using heat from an iron, onto a shirt. This activity ties into our “The Day The Crayons Quit” story time (link below) with the MiChiMu Theatre Troupe!

Share photos of your creations and tag us #MiChiMuAtHome#MiChiMuKids 

The Day The Crayons Quit | Story Time

The Day The Crayons Quit | Story Time

Read along with Bree-Anna and the rest of the MiChiMu Theater Troupe for a fun and playful adaptation of “The Day The Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt. This adaptation was originally created for the nine schools that we work with to bring performing arts programming to their students with disabilities: AKTIV Learning Academy, Carrie Brazer Center For Autism, Coconut Palm Elementary School, Crystal Academy, Debbie School, Driftwood Elementary School, Learning Links School, The Tikvah Center, and The Victory Center for Autism & Related Disabilities.

Share photos of your interactions at home and tag us #MiChiMuAtHome #MiChiMuKids 

Sensory Bins | How-To

Sensory Bins | How-To

Learn how to make your own sensory bins to keep your children busy, engage their senses, and create opportunities for discovery this Sensory Friendly Saturday!

If you don’t have these materials at home, don’t fret! Our Associate Director of Inclusion, Sarah Coleman, has created a shopping list to help get you started.

P.S. If you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Miami Children’s Museum as your nonprofit to support, a portion of the proceeds from your order will come back to us at no extra cost to you! 

Sensory Friendly Stress Balls | How-To

Sensory Friendly Stress Balls | How-To

We’re kicking off our very first virtual Sensory Friendly Saturday by making stress balls! This fun and easy activity can help you discuss different feelings and emotions with your children while reducing anxiety.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the materials at home today, our Associate Director of Inclusion, Sarah Coleman, has created a shopping list to help get you started.

P.S. If you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Miami Children’s Museum as your nonprofit to support, a portion of the proceeds from your order will come back to us at no extra cost to you! 

Laughter Yoga | Exercise

Laughter Yoga | Exercise

April is Autism Awareness Month and we are excited to announce that we will be offering virtual Sensory Friendly Saturday programming each weekend that you can do at home! 💙

Peter, our MiChiMu Senior Resident Artist, is helping us kickoff our monthlong celebration with one of our favorite sensory friendly activities, LAUGHTER YOGA! Laughter Yoga is a single exercise that deals with physical, mental and emotional stress simultaneously… something that we can all benefit from right now.