Thursday, April 21, 2016

Alerting & Calming Sensory Snacks for Kids {Free Printable}

I have talked about my son's oral motor sensory seeking behaviors quite a bit in the past. We've come up with DIY chewelry solutions and we've also tried countless oral motor sensory activities. In addition to these non-food oral motor sensory ideas, I like to provide him with the appropriate oral sensory input that he needs by feeding him specific types of snacks.

For this free printable list of sensory snacks for kids, I focused on healthy snacks. No junk food. However, there are a few treats on this list, such as fruit gummies, lemonade, and ice cream. I have included them because there are a variety of healthy versions and DIY recipes available that use real fruit, natural sweeteners, and no artificial colors or flavors.

This list of sensory snacks can also be paired together to make a great sensory-rich meal for lunchtime at school. Grab a variety of foods from this list for the kids' lunch boxes and you can help them get the oral motor sensory input they need while at school!

Free printable list of alerting and calming oral motor sensory snacks for kids from And Next Comes L

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Alerting Foods for Oral Sensory Input

These foods are meant to waken up a child's senses while providing lots of proprioceptive and oral sensory input. So when your child seems sluggish or off, then these snacks are a perfect way to get them back on track!

Chewy Foods
  1. Dried fruit
  2. Dates
  3. Beef jerky
  4. Fruit leather
  5. Bagels
  6. Granola bars, especially with caramel
  7. Cheese
  8. Celery
  9. Fruit gummies
  10. Sausage sticks
Sour, Tart, & Spicy Foods
  1. Pickles
  2. Greek yogurt
  3. Lemon or lime slices
  4. Lemonade
  5. Kiwis
  6. Grapefruit
  7. Olives
  8. Pickled beets
  9. Cranberries
  10. Salsa
Cold Foods
  1. Popsicles or ice pops
  2. Smoothies
  3. Frozen yogurt bites
  4. Ice cream
  5. Sherbet
  6. Frozen yogurt
  7. Milk
  8. Frozen peas
  9. Frozen corn
  10. Frozen berries
Crunchy Foods
  1. Pretzels
  2. Nacho chips
  3. Crackers
  4. Nuts
  5. Popcorn
  6. Roasted chickpeas
  7. Sesame snaps
  8. Pumpkin seeds
  9. Sunflower seeds
  10. Carrots
  11. Apples
  12. Granola
  13. Banana chips
  14. Dry cereal
  15. Toast
  16. Snap peas
  17. Dried veggie chips like beet or sweet potato
  18. Kale chips
  19. Peppers
  20. Cucumbers
  21. Graham crackers
  22. Arrowroot biscuits
  23. Pita chips
  24. Rice cakes
Free printable list of alerting sensory snacks for kids from And Next Comes L


Calming Foods for Oral Sensory Input

These calming snacks are perfect when your kids are bursting with energy! 

Sweet Foods
  1. Bananas
  2. Strawberries
  3. Cantaloupe
  4. Honeydew
  5. Watermelon
  6. Peaches
  7. Pears
  8. Plums
  9. Berries
  10. Grapes
Smooth & Creamy Foods
  1. Yogurt
  2. Hummus
  3. Hard boiled egg
  4. Applesauce
  5. Cottage cheese
  6. Avocado
  7. Oatmeal
  8. Peanut butter or similar alternative like almond butter, sunflower butter, or Wow butter
  9. Spinach dip
  10. Guacamole
  11. Smoothies
  12. Pudding
Warm Foods
  1. Soup
  2. Hot chocolate
  3. Tea
  4. Oatmeal
Free printable list of calming sensory snacks for kids from And Next Comes L


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