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As we head into the hottest weeks of summer, we thought we'd fill this edition of Home-Based Sensory Solutions with water-inspired content. Of course we need water to survive but we can also have a lot of fun with H2O... we can make art with it, create music with it and be mesmerized by wildlife that inhabits it! We have complied a few water-themed activities below with the hopes of it leaving you feeling fresh and cool! Enjoy :)
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Image from the Canadian Wildlife Federation

Virtual Aquariums

Contributed by K.Pop (Expressive Arts Student at Mohawk College)

A few years ago, I visited the Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto. My last visit to anything remotely like this was in childhood so I headed in to the experience with much curiosity. Once inside, I could have stayed for hours. I was mesmerized. The dim, cool lighting created a calming and soothing atmosphere. I stood wide-eyed taking in the marine life and observed that they were not so much swimming as they were flying through water. This experience served as a reminder that beneath the surface of all things, there is a world of great wonder and depth waiting to be witnessed.

Watching the billowing jelly fish was a standout moment during this visit so I did a little digging to find this video to share with you. It's not the same as an aquarium visit of course, but it's pretty close. Dim the lights, keep the volume a little quieter than usual and play on full screen mode. Don't be surprised if your nervous system starts purring!

Jellyfish Aquarium ~ Relaxing Music for Sleep, Study, Meditation & Yoga * Screensaver * 3 HOURS

Live Video Feed of Marine Life

This is a pretty cool resource. The Ripley's website features live video feed of some of their marine life, including shark, penguins and their Rainbow Reef. Check out the link below!

Magical Water Art

Contributed by K.Pop (Expressive Arts Student at Mohawk College)

The creative joy that is possible with the activities posted below will be fun for the creator regardless of age or ability. Combining colour and water almost always yields a magical result. There is no need to invest in fancy inks or paints, all you need are some markers (washable work best), paper towel and water. As soon as you add water, the art comes alive as the colours bleed and blend together.

Once the paper art is dry, it can be used as collage material. Shredding or twisting paper is a well-known behavior for individuals living with autism and when given the opportunity, this action can become a tool to create a unique and expressive work of art. (Lacour,2018)

Paper Towel Art Projects | Art at Home | Color Dye | At Home Science | 미술놀이
Paper Towel Chromatography Experiment for Kids
Lacour, K. (2018, October 01). The value of art therapy for those on the autism spectrum. Retrieved July 10, 2020, from

Water Play & Exploring Music

Grab your pots, pans, spoons and other kitchen supplies and meet at the water table for a fun tactile and auditory water experience! People of all ages and abilities can reap the creative benefits of water play and music exploration. Check out the video link below for some brilliant ways that you can manipulate and experiment with water to make cool auditory sounds/music.
Water play & music exploration - Child's Play Music
Child's Play Music. (2012, January 16). Water play & music exploration- child's play music. Retrieved from

Painting with Ice!

Feeling super duper hot but want a fun way to engage somebody you are supporting? Why not try painting with frozen water- aka. ice! Again, this activity is not just for children but for people of all ages and abilities. All you need is some paint, some water, some Popsicle sticks, an ice-cube tray and some paper to create your magic on! Check out the video below for a step by step guide to making your own ice-cube paint. Keep cool and keep creative!
Painting With Ice Kids Activity - Make Your own Ice Paint
Easy Peasy and Fun. (2020, February 25). Painting with ice kid's activity- make your own ice paint. Retrieved from

Water CAN have Taste too!

Water. We need it to survive. In fact, water makes up approximately 60 percent of your general body weight. According to Secretive Survivalist , humans can survive three weeks without food, three days without water, three hours without shelter, and three minutes without oxygen; also known as the Rule of Threes (2020).

Personally, I am someone who does not enjoy the taste of water and I used to struggle daily with trying to keep myself hydrated. Many people say water doesn't have a taste but I think it's this lack of taste that I don't love which is why I am obsessed with easy and fun infused water recipes.

You simply take your favorite fruits or veggies, add them to your water bottle, let it sit in the fridge for a couple hours and then enjoy! I have included a really helpful website below which outlines some pretty tasty water recipes and DIY's. Get ready to experience water in a whole new way and to excite your taste-buds!


Secretive Survivalist. (2020, June 15). Basic survival needs: food, water, shelter (& health). Retrieved from