I created a sensory room in my classroom. It was an old "storage closet" type room - so it was quite small, probably 6X8 or so. However, I was able to do an "extreme makeover: sensory edition" and turn it around into something beneficial for my kids.
There is a black light on the ceiling. (I know that
we're only supposed to use the black light in 10 minute intervals because supposedly they cause seizures, yet are very calming and helpful in sensory rooms. Was told this by the OT). There is a bookshelf that has two lava lamps on top (one blue, one red). On the shelf below the lava lamps, there is a basket of beanie babies and light up squishy balls and koosh balls. (about 25!) On the shelf below that, there are some of those baby rain stick toys They are primary colors and clear, with little beads that go through when you turn them upside down, and they sound like rain sticks (if that makes sense). The bottom shelf has jingle bell wristbands, rattle type toys, and a "clicker". There is a noise machine in the room (you can choose waves, rain, heartbeat (which scares me a
little), white noise, and "summer evening" which sounds like a jungle). It's really cool and calming. There are two peg boards attached to the wall (we can thank the TAG teacher for drilling holes to bolt those up for me!) The peg boards have a bunch of sensory type toys attached to them that you can stand in front of and play with. There is a mirror in between the two
peg boards. There are some glow in the dark star stickers on the wall (which look REAL cool with the black light). There is tube lighting (it looks like movie theater lighting) around both of the pegboards. There is a fish water bubble tube thing on the ground (it's about 3 feet tall and the fish move around from the bubbles). There is a fiber optic lamp thing that changes colors slowly. VERY relaxing. There's also a stoplight that switches colors. Of course not ALL of these things are all on at the same time. We have a CD player / radio that plays classical music. Or, in the case of my student, praise and worship music because she loves that.
Because her mom provided the CD, we're allowed to play that for her. There is a mat on the floor, the child can lay on the mat, or there is a papasan chair (it's like a bubble chair?) with a massage feature.
You can get a TON of stuff from ebay (stoplight thing, fish tube thing, etc.) and the dollar store is great for the small tactile toys and other pegboard items. The items were attached to the pegboard with a bungie cord so the kids can kind of "surf" the pegboard to see all of the available options. Pegboard was from Home Depot and if I am remembering right, it was less than $10.
Here are some great links for some cheaper stuff that I posted on another forum in regards to the sensory room I set up:
$9.99 Lava Lamp (generally needs supervision if students tend to throw or damage things) http://www.generationstore.com/8ozacyewaxwi.html
$5.49 Fiber Optic Lamp (same thing, needs supervision) http://tekgems.com/Products/et-20276-con-6151a.htm
Varying prices --- for a kid who LOVES balls, all of these "squish" balls are great sensory toys: http://www.officeplayground.com/ball...FVB1OAodMwdhnQ
$69.99 Massage cushion -- I'd be sure students like this sensation before buying this, I know some of my kids live for it and some of them are terrified of it: http://www.feelgoodstore.com/cgi-bin...4&ci_sku=72522
$13.49 Rain stick toy http://www.growingtreetoys.com/product/5724
$7.99 Waterfall tube http://www.officeplayground.com/wate...FQwsOAodC0HNng
$19.99 Traffic Light http://www.cheapnovelty.com/kids-traffic-light.html
$59.99 fun bean bag chair thing http://www.beanbags.com/video-rocker...deobeanbag.cfm
$29.99 fun orbital chair -- if students are under 100 lbs http://www.leapsandbounds.com/catalo...oductId=494775
Just a few starter ideas....... sensory stuff is endless!