In this book, the Love Monster is searching for love and gets to a place where things are “dark, and scary, and not very nice.” Sometimes the dark can be scary, but we’ve found some ways to make being in the dark pretty fun. Our favorite dark room sensory materials are listed below!
Dark Room Sensory Ideas
- Lasers: Pointer lasers are fun, but check out these lasers that project changeable designs in fun colors. These were a huge hit with our students.
- Finger lights
- Disco Ball
- Shadow Puppets: Grab some of these little finger lights and cut shapes out of paper to create a shadow puppet show in the dark room. We used different animal shapes, but it would be a great way to talk about standard shapes in a creative way. You could also practice storytelling with cut-outs of characters from the book you are reading.
- Star machines: The peace that flooded the room was palpable whenever we turned on our stars. I loved playing Thomas Newman’s soundtrack music in the background while we “gazed” (The Help & Finding Nemo both have AMAZING soundtracks).
- Glow in the dark stars
- Black light
Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.