What’s inside the Harn Sensory Discovery Kit?

Below, we have included a description and images of what is inside each of the bags. We encourage you to read through what is inside each bag in order to determine which kit will be most useful for your visit to the Harn Museum of Art. Please return these kits to the Visitor Services desk after use so another visitor may enjoy them.

We additionally have wired earplugs and pipe cleaners available at the Information Desk. These items allow you to adjust the auditory stimulus in the museum and provide tactile exploration as you explore. These two items are free, and you are encouraged to take them home with you when you are finished with your visit.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility in the museum prior to visiting, please contact our ADA Coordinator at accessibility@harn.ufl.edu. We are happy to guide you through our accessibility accommodations and provide information on how to make your visit fit your needs.

These resources were created in consultation with UF’s Center of Autism and Related Disabilities.

  • Children's Large Sensory Discovery Kit

    Large Sensory Fabric Squares (3)

    • These fabric squares provide a variety of textures and can be used for tactile stimulation. They can help individuals explore different sensations and develop their sensory processing skills.

    Small Sensory Fabric Squares (2)

    • These fabric squares offer different textures and can be used for tactile exploration. They can easily be held and manipulated, providing a calming and soothing effect.

    Small Textured Circle (1)

    • This item is another tactile item that can be used for sensory exploration. It can be squeezed, rolled or rubbed to provide sensory input and promote relaxation.

    Pipe Cleaners (2)

    • Pipe cleaners are flexible and can be twisted, bent or shaped into various forms. They can be used for fine motor skill development and as a fidget tool to keep hands busy and focused. You are welcome to take pipe cleaners home after your visit.

    Blue Childs Over the Ear Headphones (1)

    • These headphones can help reduce auditory distractions and provide a sense of calm for individuals. They can be used to block out unwanted noise and create a more controlled and soothing environment.

    Emotion Card Deck (1)

    • The emotion cards deck helps individuals recognize and understand different emotions. They can be used for social skills development and emotional regulation.

    Earplugs (1 Set)

    • Offered as a take home item, and alternative to the over the ear headphones. Earplugs are useful for individuals who are sensitive to noises. They can help reduce auditory overload and provide a sense of comfort in noisy environments.

    Sensory Ring Fidget (1)

    • The sensory ring fidget is a handheld toy that can be twisted, rolled, placed on a finger or squeezed. It provides repetitive and calming motion, helping individuals focus and self-regulate.

    “Fire” Tangle (1)

    • Tangle is a handheld twistable toy that can be bent and moved in different ways. It offers a tactile and kinesthetic experience, promoting sensory exploration and relaxation

    Rubix Cube (1)

    • The Rubix Cube is a puzzle toy that can help improve problem-solving skills and enhance cognitive abilities. It provides a hands-on activity that can be engaging and calming.

    Emotional Regulation Squares (1 Set)

    • The emotional regulation squares are visual aids that can help individuals identify and express their emotions. They can be used as a tool for self-regulation and emotional understanding

    Stretchy Rubber Fidget (1)

    • The stretchy rubber fidget is a flexible and stretchable toy that offers tactile stimulation and can be used as a fidget tool. It provides a satisfying texture and can help individuals stay focused and calm.

    Weighted Lap Blanket (1)

    • The weighted blanket provides deep pressure stimulation, which can have a calming and organizing effect on individuals. It can be used to promote relaxation and improve focus.
  • Children's Medium Sensory Discovery Kit

    Large Sensory Fabric Squares (1)

    • These fabric squares provide a variety of textures and can be used for tactile stimulation. They can help individuals explore different sensations and develop their sensory processing skills.

    Small Sensory Fabric Squares (2)

    • The small sensory fabric squares offer different textures and can be used for tactile exploration. They can be easily held and manipulated, providing a calming and soothing effect.

    Small Textured Circle (1)

    • The small sensory circle is another tactile item that can be used for sensory exploration. It can be squeezed, rolled or rubbed to provide sensory input and promote relaxation.

    Marble Mesh Fidget Item (1)

    • This item provides a tactile and visual sensory experience, allowing visitors to feel the texture of the mesh while watching the marbles move and roll around inside. This item is quiet and discreet.

    “Black and Pink” Tangle (1)

    • Tangle is a handheld twistable toy that can be bent and moved in different ways. It offers a tactile and kinesthetic experience, promoting sensory exploration and relaxation.

    Pipe Cleaners (2)

    • Pipe cleaners are flexible and can be twisted, bent or shaped into various forms. They can be used for fine motor skill development and as a fidget tool to keep hands busy and focused. You are welcome to take pipe cleaners home after your visit.

    Stretchy Rubber Fidget (1)

    • The stretchy rubber fidget is a flexible and stretchable toy that offers tactile stimulation and can be used as a fidget tool. It provides a satisfying texture and can help individuals stay focused and calm.

    Wired Earplugs (1 Set)

    • Offered as a take home item, and an alternative to the over the ear headphones, earplugs are useful for individuals who are sensitive to noises. They can help reduce auditory overload and provide a sense of comfort in noisy environments.

    Large Squishy Rainbow Fidget Ball (1)

    • This squishy ball offers a soft and squeezable texture, providing a calming sensory experience. Visitors can squeeze and manipulate the ball to relieve stress and anxiety.
  • Children's Small Sensory Discovery Kit

    Small Sensory Fabric Square (1)

    • The small sensory fabric squares offer different textures and can be used for tactile exploration. They can be easily held and manipulated, providing a calming and soothing effect.

    Small Textured Circle (1)

    • The small sensory circle is another tactile item that can be used for sensory exploration. It can be squeezed, rolled or rubbed to provide sensory input and promote relaxation.

    Infinity Cube (1)

    • The infinity cube is a versatile fidget toy that can be folded and unfolded in various ways. It offers a tactile and visually stimulating experience, promoting concentration and relaxation.

    Small Squishy Fidget Toys (3)

    • These items are small and discreet, providing an item to roll between your fingers, play with your pocket and use for sensory stimulation during your visit.

    Rainbow Fidget Ball (1)

    • This non-squishy ball features vibrant colors and a textured surface, providing visual and tactile stimulation. Visitors can roll it in their hands for a sensory experience.

    Pipe Cleaners (2)

    • Pipe cleaners are flexible and can be twisted, bent and shaped into various forms. They can be used for fine motor skill development and as a fidget tool to keep hands busy and focused. You are welcome to take pipe cleaners home after your visit.

    Stretchy Rubber Fidget (1)

    • The stretchy rubber fidget is a flexible and stretchable toy that offers tactile stimulation and can be used as a fidget tool. It provides a satisfying texture and can help individuals stay focused and calm.

    Wired Earplugs (1 Set)

    • Offered as a take home item, and an alternative to the over the ear headphones, earplugs are useful for individuals who are sensitive to noises. They can help reduce auditory overload and provide a sense of comfort.

    Marble Mesh Fidget Item (1)

    • This item provides a tactile and visual sensory experience, allowing visitors to feel the texture of the mesh while watching the marbles move and roll around inside. This item is also quiet and discreet.

    Snap Sensory Click Toys (1)

    • This fidget toy helps improve fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and problem-solving abilities. It engages visitors in a satisfying snapping and clicking experience, enhancing their focus and deductive reasoning skills.

    Green Pea Fidget Keychain (1)

    • This keychain resembles a snap pea and contains squishy items inside. It offers a satisfying tactile experience and can be used as a portable fidget toy to relieve stress and promote relaxation.
  • Adult Large Sensory Discovery Kit

    Large Sensory Fabric Squares (3)

    • These fabric squares provide a variety of textures and can be used for tactile stimulation. They can help provide a variety of textures and can be used for tactile stimulation. They can help individuals explore different sensations and develop their sensory processing skills.

    Small Sensory Fabric Square (1)

    • The small sensory fabric square offers different textures and can be used for tactile exploration. They can be easily held and manipulated, providing a calming and soothing effect.

    Medium Textured Circle (1)

    • The medium sensory circle is another tactile item that can be used for sensory exploration. It can be squeezed, rolled or rubbed to provide sensory input and promote relaxation.

    Pipe Cleaners (2)

    • Pipe cleaners are flexible and can be twisted, bent or shaped into various forms. They can be used for fine motor skill development and as a fidget tool to keep hands busy and focused. You are welcome to take pipe cleaners home after your visit.

    Black Adult Over the Ear Headphones (1)

    • These headphones can help reduce auditory distractions and provide a sense of calm for individuals. They can be used to block out unwanted noise and create a more controlled and soothing environment.

    Wired Earplugs (1 Set)

    • Offered as a take home item, and an alternative to the over the ear headphones. The earplugs are useful for individuals who are sensitive to noises. They can help reduce auditory overload and provide a sense of comfort.

    Sensory Ring Fidget (1)

    • The sensory ring fidget item is a handheld toy that can be twisted, rolled, placed on a finger or squeezed. It provides a repetitive and calming motion, helping individuals focus and self-regulate.

    “Wooden” Tangle (1)

    • Tangle is a handheld twistable toy that can be bent and moved in different ways. It offers a tactile and kinesthetic experience, promoting sensory exploration and relaxation.

    Adult Weighted Shoulder Blanket (1)

    • This weighted blanket provides deep pressure stimulation, which can have a calming and soothing effect on visitors. It helps promote relaxation, reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality.

    Grounding Technique Card (1)

    • This card provides visitors with grounding techniques to help them manage anxiety and stress. It offers simple and effective strategies to bring their focus back to the present moment.
  • Adult Medium Sensory Discovery Kit

    Large Sensory Fabric Square (1)

    • These fabric squares provide a variety of textures and can be used for that tactile stimulation. They can be used for tactile stimulation. They can help individuals explore different sensations and develop their sensory processing skills.

    Small Sensory Fabric Squares (2)

    • The small sensory fabric squares offer different textures and can be used for tactile exploration. They can be easily held and manipulated, providing a calming and soothing effect.

    Small Textured Circle (1)

    • The small sensory circle is another tactile item that can be used for sensory exploration. It can be squeezed, rolled or rubbed to provide sensory input and promote relaxation.

    Marbel Mesh Fidget Item (1)

    • This item provides a tactile and visual sensory experience, allowing visitors to feel the texture of the mesh while watching the marbles move and roll around inside. This item is also quiet and discreet.

    “Ice” Tangle (1)

    • Tangle is a handheld twistable toy that can be bent and moved in different ways. It offers a tactile and kinesthetic experience, promoting sensory exploration and relaxation.

    Pipe Cleaners (2)

    • Pipe cleaners are flexible and can be twisted, bent or shaped into various forms. They can be used for fine motor skill development and as a fidget tool to keep hands busy and focused. You are welcome to take pipe cleaners home after your visit.

    Stretchy Rubber Fidget (1)

    • The stretchy rubber fidget it a flexible and stretchable toy that offers tactile stimulation and can be used as a fidget tool. It provides a satisfying texture and can help individuals stay focused and calm.

    Wired Earplugs (1 Set)

    • Offered as a take home item, and alternative to the over the ear headphones. The earplugs are useful for individuals who are sensitive to noises. They can help reduce auditory overload and provide a sense of comfort.

    Small Flippy Chain Fidget Toy (1)

    • This fidget toy consists of interlocking metal rings that can be flipped and rotated. It provides a satisfying tactile and auditory experience, helping visitors stay focused and engaged.
  • Adult Small Sensory Discovery Kit

    Small Sensory Fabric Square (1)

    • The small sensory fabric square offers different textures and can be used for tactile exploration. They can be easily held and manipulated, providing a calming and soothing effect.

    Small Textured Circle (1)

    • The small sensory circle is another tactile item that can be used for sensory exploration. It can be squeezed, rolled or rubbed to provide sensory input and promote relaxation.

    Wooden Infinity Cube (1)

    • The wooden infinity cube is a versatile fidget toy that can be folded and unfolded in various ways. It offers a tactile and visually stimulating experience, promoting concentration and relaxation. This toy’s sound is described as auditorily pleasing with how the wooden blocks move together.

    Small Squishy Fidget Balls (3)

    • These items are small and discreet, providing an item to roll between your fingers, play with in your pocket and use for sensory stimulation during your visit.

    Large Squishy Rainbow Fidget Ball (1)

    • This squishy ball offers a soft and squeezable texture, providing a calming sensory experience. Visitors can squeeze and manipulate the ball to relieve stress and anxiety.

    Pipe Cleaners (2)

    • Pipe cleaners are flexible and can be twisted, bent or shaped into various forms. They can be used for fine motor skill development and as a fidget tool to keep hands busy and focused. You are welcome to take pipe cleaners home after your visit.

    Stretchy Rubber Fidget (1)

    • The stretchy rubber fidget is a flexible and stretchable toy that offers tactile stimulation and can be used as a fidget tool. It provides a satisfying texture and can help individuals stay focused and calm.

    Wired Earplugs (1 Set)

    • Offered as a take home item, and an alternative to the over the ear headphones. The earplugs are useful for individuals who are sensitive to noises. They can help reduce auditory overload and provide a sense of comfort.

    Marble Mesh Fidget Item (1)

    • This item provides a tactile and visual sensory experience, allowing visitors to feel the texture of the mesh while watching the marbles move and roll around inside. This item is also quiet and discreet.

    Snap Sensory Click Toys (1)

    • This fidget toy helps improve fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and problem-solving abilities. It engages visitors in a satisfying snapping and clicking experience, enhancing their focus and deductive reasoning skills.