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Resources and Home Learning - Special Needs Early Years Service (SNEYS)

The SNEYS have put together the collection of actvity ideas below, along with suggestions for where to find more ideas.

Most ideas will be suitable for everyone, but some are aimed at specific groups, this doesn't mean you can't still give them a go. You'll find full details of the activity either as an attachment or a web link.

Remember, these are just ideas, you don't have to try everything. The important thing is to keep safe and have some fun at the same time.

Herer you will find information about frequently asked questions

Sensory Activities

Here you will find links to our videos and activities area 

Boxes and Containers
Link to activity using boxes to encourage yourchild to explore and manipulate objects.

Bubble Wrap
Link to activity sheet to have fun with bubblew

Sensory Cupboard Clear Out Activity
Link to a sensory actvity idea using dry cupboard leftovers.

Sticky vs Smooth
Some tactile sensory ideas.

Gaining Attention
A reminder of how to encourage shared attention with your baby or children at early stages of development.

Getting to Know Body Parts
Another reminder of how to encourage shared attention with your baby or children at early stages of development.

Playing with Pictures
Activity sheet with ideas to help your child match pictures of objects with their label.

Scavenger Hunt
Activity sheet with ideas to help your child match pictures of objects with their label.

Link to a lovely messy recipe.

Mark Making
Some ideas to extend mark making.

Ready, Steady, Go
Link to activity sheet to support language devleopment with all-important listening actvities.

Who Makes This Sound?
Link to an animal sounds activity sheet to support language devleopment.

Building Towers
Link to activity sheet to develop listening and fine motor skills.

Sensory Bins
A activity sheet to create a fabulous, easy to make and use  sensory bin to provide tactile stimulation.

Sensory Water Play
An activity sheet providing ideas for water play.

What's in the Box?
A game using everyday items to promote listening and attention skills.

Exploring Everyday Objects
Ideas for using everyday items as a development activity.

Same and Different
More ideas to look and learn with items around you.

Fruit Colouring Worksheet
Colouring activity to explore colours and shapes.

Sorting Cards
Printable basic pictures which you can use to play a variety of games. You could use them for ‘snap’ or sorting into sets of same colour; sort for use or talk about what you see.

Caterpillar Crunch Playdough
Linked is a reciepe for caterpillar crunch playdough.

Hand Print Memory
Instructions to have fun making a hand print memory of this extraordinary time. There is also a picture of a completed one to get you inspired.

Spaghetti Activity
Children can pull and tug at the long coloured strands and feel the texture of the spaghetti with their fingers and toes. It's wonderful as a fine motor activity and develops sensory awareness.

Sensory play with bubbles can involve all the sensory systems.

Mess Free Painting
A mess free painting activity.

Homemade Chunky Crayons
Details of how to create an exciting graphics activity which makes use of all those bits of no-longer usable old wax crayons! Follow the link to download instructions or watch the video instead.

Ice Cube Painting
Instructions for ice cube painting.

Jelly Soap
Instructions for a messy activity using ingredients from around the house.

Pom Pom Activity
Suggestions for fun fine motor activities using pompoms.

Banging on the Drums
A noisy fun actvity involving playing the droms (or pans).

Animal Sounds
This activity, making animal sounds, can motivate children to practice listening skills.

Early Symbolic Play
The document linked above explain some ways to  practice 'early symbolic play'.

Interactive Games
The interactive games sheet, linked above, explains how important (and fun) playing together can be.

Sensory Activities
The sheet, linked above, explains the importance of sensory activities and provides examples to include in everyday routines.

Quiet Spaces and Dens
Ideas on how to create quiet spaces and dens.

Sensory Walk and Texture Wall
Linked above is a worksheet with instructions for a bigger project to create a sensory walk or texture wall.

 Nursery Rhymes

Makaton Sign of the Week

Many of you will be familiar with Makaton signing which is now widely used in our groups, nurseries and on many mainstream children’s TV shows. Here you will find details of different key words each week.

You can use this when you are telling or asking your child, or you could try teaching your child to sign it if it could improve their communication with you.

You may have been talked to about this by your child’s speech therapist, and we always politely remind you to remember what your specialist therapists have advised when attempting new strategies such as signing. It will never hurt for you to sign alongside talking if your child is having any difficulties in understanding you.

A summary of all the makaton sign above are available by clicking here.

You will find videos of these makaton signs by following the link.

Visual Aids


Many of you have been asked to show your child a visual aid when giving them instructions or encouraging your child to make use of a visual way of asking for items. We are going to show you how to use visual aids.

Objects of Reference
Here is a video explaining how objects of reference can support your child with communication and understanding routine.

SNEYS use the Now and Next system, you can use the linked template. A video guide is available on YouTube.

Pearl Group Activities


Week 1 - Exploring Toys
Sheet of activities to encourage you to continue the search and find activities, focussing on exploring your toys at home.

Sensory Impairment Service

Below are documents to remind you how to have fun:

Wearing Hearing Aids
The document, linked above, provides ideas of how to make children comfortable wearing hearing aids.

Occupational Therapy Services

Like all services, Occupational Therapy Services are working, during the current pandemic, even thoughthey are not able to do the usual type of visits. Below are some useful douments of activities involving your senses, especially touch and movement.

More Playdough
Not only does playdough feed a child's imagination, but also their sensory system. It will strengthen their hands, arm muscles and shoulder muscles too. Keeping their imaginations fired up will help them increase their attention span.

Animal Walks
A movement activity which involves many different useful movements.

Sensory Snack Activity Pack
A good 'sensory diet' of activity means doing activities which provide the sensory input we need to stay focussed and organised throughout the day.

Linked is a document with useful guidelines and ideasabout toilet training. Much of theadvice has been found at the ERIC charity website, which has lots of information on toilet training. 

Speech Therapy Services


Like SNEYS, the Speech Therapy Service are having to work in different ways.They already have many resources and suggestions on the activities and advice website but they have recently put together some great information sheets on the subjects of:

Intensive Interaction
A play-based approach to help children develop early pre-speech communication and interaction skills.

Eye Pointing
Eye pointing can be really useful for children who find it difficult to use their hands and arms to sign, point or use a switch. Eye pointing means your child lets you know what they want to say by looking at an object, pictures, symbols or words in front of them.

Cause and Effect
Understanding cause and effect is the foundation for communicating intentionally. Some children with complex physical and communication difficulties need support to help them learn about cause and effect and generalise this skill.

Charities and Organisations


Tacpac is a commercially available package which is much used and loved by SNEYS staff and families. The makers explain it “draws together touch and music to create a structured half hour of sensory communication....”

SNEYS mostly use kit 1 and intend offering some interactive sessions via Zoom (we will be able to send home the equipment if you already use it at the GEM). If you would like to make use of a different kit on your own, the TACPAC company are offering kit 5 for FREE!! You just need to register online and it then gives really easy to understand instructions to get going. Follow the link above for a step by step explanation sheet to get you registered and download the free kit.

Newlife is a charity based in Cannock who loan specialist toys and equipment, usually for a period of 3 months.  All you need to d, in order to loan toys and equipment, is complete an online form, details of which are linked above.   If you need help with completing the form, please contact

Variety are a charity who offer funding grants for wheelchairs and other specialist equipment / sensory rooms / interactive IT / playground equipment. Downloadable forms to apply for grants are available on the Variety home page.

Their website also has a link on how to make your own sensory kit out of everyday household items. They have loads of really easy activities using items around your home such as torches, cotton wool, empty plastic bottles. Most of these activity suggestions come with an explanatory video or information sheet.

On the Variety home page they also offer Pod-Ability podcasts which “explaining unseen, complex challenges facing parents”.

Recent news


The Family Fund
The Government has announced that the Family Fund will receive funding of £37.3m in 2020-21. This includes £10m which has been allocated to help families in response to the Covid-19 pandemi, for more details click here.

The Family Fund provides grants to families on low incomes who have disabilities or severe medical conditions. To find out more visit the Family Fund website.


Please also remember to follow all individually given advice regarding your child when making use of our suggestions.

We hope you have found this useful. Please let SNEYS know if you have any comments or suggestions by contacting

Who to contact

Jill Wellings: 01902 558406
Lisa Hollingshead: 01902 556517
Parent Organisation
Special Needs Early Years Service

Other Details

Record Last Updated on: 15/07/2020

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