I know what your thinking, "Caitlin, I don't have time to add in one more thing to my day". The great part is, you are probably already doing some of this. Other things are just minor tweeks and you are on our way to involving multiple senses.
Sandpaper is another great multisensory tool. You can have students place the sandpaper under their paper and then use various writing instruments (Take those smelly markers back out!) to have them write or draw with. The rough texture of the sandpaper provides some additional tactile input. I found a stack of over 30 pieces of sandpaper at the Dollar Tree. I have also cut letters, shapes and numbers out of sandpaper so that students can rub or trace over it and form that shape.
Another great attention grabber is gel boards. I have various versions of these. The first comes from Wilson. We bought these to use with students when we had the Fundations program and now I use them with my kiddos who have Orton-Gillingham or Wilson instruction. The kids use the stylus to write and then erase with their hand.
I have also made my own gel boards. My students use gel bags to practice writing letters, words, numbers, shapes, or just to play around with. Last year I shared these boards that I made with freezer bags, hair gel and food coloring. They are great, but leak easily. At the beginning of the school year I stumbled across this blog post from Capitals First! about making durable gel bags. Well, I wrote a grant to get the food sealer and I am in love. These bags are not only easy to make and hold up to more love from students, they provide additional sensory input. The seal-a-meal bags have a texture to them on both sides, but I found a roll of bags on Amazon and those are textured on one side and smooth on the other. My students just can't get enough of them!
There are a lot of other ways that you can add multisensory learning into your day (shaving cream, move & sit cushions, wobble stools, etc) and this is just the tip of the iceberg. I would love to read about the various tools you use in your classroom. Please share in the comments section below.