15 Olfactory Sensory Crafts for Children with Autism


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What is Olfactory Sensory?

This is the sense of smell. We use it to identify different smells, such as the difference between a rose and garlic. Although we often take our sense of smell for granted, it plays a critical role in our lives. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the ways that Olfactory Sensory helps us in our everyday lives. Thanks for reading!

Sense of Smell

Your sense of smell helps you to enjoy life. You can enjoy the fragrance of your favorite food or the fragrance of flowers. Your sense of smell is also a warning sign for dangers such as gas leaks, food poisoning, or fire. Any loss in your sense of smell can adversely affect your quality of life. 

It can also be a sign of serious health problems. So here are some of the best art and craft project ideas to improve the sense of smell in kids with Olfactory Sensory Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Olfactory Sensory Painting Ideas

Let’s start with some of the easiest painting craft ideas:

Paint from Spices

As much as we want to do an outdoor activity and go around the school or do some laboratory activity. The pandemic hinders us. That’s why this activity is a perfect way for your children with Autism to explore and have fun while doing arts.

Choosing the Colors of Our Paint

We will start by choosing the colors of our paint, after that, we will be looking for the spices that we will use. Make sure that the spices that you are using are not too disturbing for those children with Autism. Some kids find odor very disturbing, some tantrums will be increased if you will choose the wrong odor.

Scented Finger Painting

The children with autism will enjoy this activity because they will be able to explore different textures in this way. It is a sensory craft because the facilitator will be putting things that have a very good odor, like vanilla, cinnamon, and other spices.

Helps the Brain to Integrate Information

Children with autism like messy places so much. Messy play like finger painting is very significant to every child. It helps the brain to integrate information and process it. Finger painting also makes them feel that they are very relaxed and be more creative. This activity will not only make them feel that they are relaxed but also will help them practice their art skills.

Natural Resources Paint

This activity will help the kids appreciate nature more and be able to know what is around them. Some of the colors have their designated smell that sometimes you will know if that certain thing is color green, or even yellow or whatever color you may think of.

Pick Colorful Resources

While you take the child outside let them pick colorful resources like different colors of leaves, flowers, and maybe soil to create colors that they want. This will be used for their drawings and arts. They just need all of their things and they will be mashed and used.

The scents of certain resources will develop their smelling skills and it will be a great advantage for each one of them to feel and see what nature can do.

Lotion Paint

Kids will have fun while painting their bodies with this soothing and fresh-smelling lotion paint. Children with autism want everything to be pleasing to their sight that’s why this activity is the best for them. It will help them recognize colors at the same time they can explore color and arts. Painting is very good for kids with autism, it can also promote stress relief to children with Autism, cultivates emotional growth, and enhances problem-solving skills.

Scented Sand Paint

Sand has a texture and it is good for a child with Autism because it exposes them to a different texture experience.  Regular sand is pretty dangerous for the kids so you need those edible ones and you can make it more fun by doing it outside.

More Olfactory Sensory Crafts

Here are some craft ideas that will help you learn to use your sense of smell more efficiently:

Scented Rainbow Science

Kids with Autism are explorers by nature. A bunch of questions was asked, and they are very curious about what’s going on around them. Children with Autism love playing with water and especially colors. This activity will help them learn while having fun. 

These are the things that they need baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, and molders. The baking soda and the vinegar have a chemical reaction that will make it fizzy and the vinegar is a bit stinky that’s why some of the children with autism will inquire and ask so many questions about the smell.

Scented PlayDough

Playdough is a treat for all the kids. There will be a lot of things we need, but this will also develop a lot of skills. This activity will help the kids to recognize scents and will be able to explore the texture of play dough.

Sensory Recognition

It provides a great platform for sensory recognition, which can be used by children with autism or those children who find it hard to recognize their senses. Playdough can help kids do whatever they want, they can squeeze it or stomp on it or do whatever they can.

Did you also know that it helps you develop your cognitive skills, thinking, social and emotional skills? Even your language, communication skills and your ability to talk too. This activity will allow proper stimulation of the child’s body, in the long run, will be a great avenue for better and more efficient thinking skills.

Foamy Soap

Children with Autism find water comfortable, so this is an activity that they can do without difficulty. All you need are scented soap, food coloring, tubs, and a few cups. Always scaffold what the child is trying to do. In this way, you can foster a proper way of doing it and also doing it right. 

Color Mixing

This activity is fun, easy, and can be a great introduction for your child to the principles of color mixing. Color mixing and matching avoid repetition, and the skills on space and readability of the child with autism will be greatly developed.

While they are having that kind of activity, they are already using their scientific thinking skills to observe, predict and compare what they are trying to do, it will also widen their creativity skills which is a great tool for some cognitive activities of the child with autism.

Draw what it smells like

The facilitator will let the child smell food like pizza, cake, popcorn, and a lot more. After that, the child with autism will draw what he or she thinks it smells like. This will not only develop their smelling but also will develop their creative minds and hands in drawing a certain food.

Practicing Imagination

It will also help them imagine things as what they smell like. Practicing imagination will not only develop the child’s ability to create things in his mind. It will also be itching some of their critical thinking skills, it will also help them to face their fears, it will help them build their self-confidence and also it has something to do with language skills, all intending to help the child with autism to live a normal life.

Scratch and Sniff Watercolors

All of us know that children with autism like to explore and do things as they truly are. This is why facilitators that handle these students are very keen to find and be able to formulate their activity. This activity will use Kool-Aids which we know are their favorites, these come in different flavors and colors.

Use Cupcake Pans

Use cupcake pans to divide the colors, so that the child with autism can see it and be able to be encouraged of what they will do. Rainbow colors are a good choice for this kind of activity, the importance of knowing the rainbow color or just colors, plays a vital role in our life.

Color can sway thinking; change the way we act in a certain scenario and can also cause reactions. Children with autism find this hard to deal with because they are very used to working in a cautionary way.

Fun and Enjoyment

Now it’s time for some craft ideas packed with fun and excitement:

Smell The Flowers And Paint It

Kids with autism find it hard to deal with new things. If you want to let them experience new things it should be processed in a very systematic process. In this way, the kids will not be able to be new to it and it will foster positive effects.

For This Activity

For this activity, it will take days and weeks to introduce this kind of activity, at first you can just let them see the flower. Next you can let them smell it and then after that it will just be easy for you to let them draw and color it.

The scent of the flower is very good, it will make them feel calm but just be careful because some of the children with autism are very sensitive to scents.

Orange and Lemon Playdough

Orange and lemon are two fruits that are very familiar to each one. We know that a child with autism is a huge fan of play dough, they can use their minds and hands for it.

Orange and Lemon Extract

With this activity, the play dough will be used and it will have some orange and lemon extract, in this way it will have a scent of its own. They can also make other fruit molds such as apple, pear, and a lot more. 

This will teach them arts and teach them the basics of fruit names and colors. The importance of knowing the colors of the fruits is you will know if that is the color that you expect it to be. If it is not, then you won’t eat it.

Guess That Smell Game

The children will be able to make their cups and decorate them, this is where they will put the thing that they want. Children with autism will benefit so much from this activity. This will help them be aware of what a good and bad smell is.

Certain Smells Can Linger in Your Memory

It will let them know that something that smells bad is not good to eat and something that smells good is also good for eating. They say that the smell of a certain fruit or thing can linger in your memory more than the way you see it.

That’s why this is important because you can remember it. If a child with autism loves to explore new smells, then this is a perfect activity.

Scented Water Beads

This activity will help the child with autism recognize color while exploring texture and smell. Water beads have their scent and they will be arranged according to color in the jar. Water beads are soft, very squishy, and smooth to touch, not slimy at all.

Focusing on Coordination

Water beads encourage learning and fine motor development is the goal here. Focusing on coordination, exploration, colors, and most especially creativity. Water beads also introduce children with autism to scientific and mathematical concepts.

Sensory Smell Collage

Sometimes, children with Olfactory Sensory Autism have difficulty adjusting to the different textures. Ease it by making a variety of new materials for them to smell. It will help them overcome their frustrations with different textures. It will also help them be introduced to a wider range of textures. Making a collage helps your child build fine motor skills. 

Encourage Your Child’s Awareness of Color and Smell

It’s also a fun way to encourage your child’s awareness of color and smell. And if you talk with your child about his college, it helps his language development too. This will also be a great avenue for the kid to learn different kinds of smells and it will help them in the future.

Conclusion on Olfactory Sensory

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