MSE Lab Digital Resources
Home-Based Sensory Solutions
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!
Live Video Feed of Marine Life
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)
Water Play & Exploring Music
Painting with Ice!
Water CAN have Taste too!
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 https://secretsofsurvival.com/basic-survival-needs-food-water-shelter/