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Reusable Silicone Colouring Mats: Enhancing Play for Neurodiverse Children

April 19, 2024 5 min read

A neurodiverse child playing with a reusable silicone colouring mat.

As parents, caregivers, and educators, we understand the importance of inclusive play, especially for children with special needs such as Autism, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental conditions.  Little Change Creators’ reusable silicone colouring mats are designed to provide engaging, developmentally supportive play experiences that cater to the unique needs of neurodiverse children.

Understanding Neurodiversity in Children

Neurodiversity is a concept that recognises and celebrates natural variations in brain development and functioning. It includes a range of conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), where individuals may experience differences in social communication, sensory processing, attention, and behaviour.

Benefits of Play for Neurodiverse Children

Play is essential for all children, but for neurodiverse kids, it offers specific benefits that support their unique developmental needs. Through play, kids develop cognitive skills, fine and gross motor abilities, social interaction, and emotional regulation. Play also provides an opportunity for neurodiverse children to express themselves creatively and engage in sensory exploration.

Why Choose Reusable Silicone Colouring Mats?

Reusable silicone colouring mats offer numerous benefits for both kids and parents. Environmentally-friendly, these mats reduce waste by eliminating the need for disposable colouring pages. Economically, they’re a cost-effective solution, providing endless hours of entertainment and learning without the recurring expense of new materials.

How Reusable Silicone Colouring Mats Support Development

Re-FUN-able™ reusable silicone colouring mats are designed with neurodiverse children in mind, offering several developmental advantages:

Sensory Stimulation

The tactile surface of the mats provides a satisfying sensory experience, helping kids with sensory processing needs to engage and focus.

Fine Motor Skills Enhancement

Colouring within the lines on silicone mats helps improve hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, essential for writing and other tasks.

Creativity and Imagination

The reusable nature of the mats encourages endless creativity, allowing children to experiment with colours and designs repeatedly.

Features of Little Change Creators’ Re-FUN-able™ Silicone Colouring Mats

Re-FUN-able™ colouring mats are crafted from ultra-safe, non-toxic silicone, ensuring they’re suitable for children of all ages. They’re easy to clean - just wipe them down or pop in the dishwasher - ready to use again. Their portability and durability make them perfect for use at home, in classrooms, or on-the-go.

Incorporating Silicone Colouring Mats in Play Activities

There are many ways to integrate silicone colouring mats into your child’s playtime:

Sensory Exploration

Use the mats alongside other sensory materials, like playdough, slime, kinetic sand or silly putty, to create a rich sensory play environment.

Combining Mats with Other Toys

Pair the colouring mats with animal figurines, potion kits or storybooks to create themed play sessions.

Creating a Routine

Regularly incorporating colouring activities can provide a structured, calming routine that helps neurodiverse children feel secure and focused.

Adaptive Play Strategies for Children with Autism

For children with Autism, structured and predictable play activities can be particularly beneficial:

Structured Play Sessions

Set specific times for colouring activities, such as early morning or before dinner, to create a predictable routine.

Visual Supports and Cues

Use visual schedules and step-by-step instructions to guide children through their colouring activities.

Personalised Themes and Interests

Tailor the colouring mat designs to your child’s favourite themes or interests to keep them engaged and motivated.

Adaptive Play Strategies for Children with ADHD

Children with ADHD benefit from play activities that incorporate movement and maintain their interest:

Short, Engaging Sessions

Keep colouring sessions short and dynamic to match their attention spans.

Movement Breaks

Allow for physical activity breaks between colouring sessions to help children release energy and refocus.

Encouraging Focus

Use colouring activities as a tool to improve focus and attention, gradually increasing the length of play sessions.

Creating Inclusive Play Environments

Creating a sensory-friendly and inclusive play environment is key to supporting neurodiverse children:

Sensory-Friendly Play Spaces

Designate a calm, comfortable area with soft lighting and minimal distractions for colouring activities.

Inclusive Group Play

Organise group colouring sessions where neurodiverse children can interact with their peers in a supportive setting.

Collaboration with Therapists

Work with occupational or speech therapists to develop play strategies that align with your child’s developmental goals or NDIS plan.

Success Stories: Real-Life Experiences

Our reusable silicone colouring mats have made a significant impact on many families and children:

“Perfect gift for our 8 year old daughter who is obsessed with colouring in. She has ASD and it can especially be a challenge to entertain her on the go without a screen. This was her Easter gift as she does not eat chocolate and she loved it instantly. I have my eye on the Outback set next.” – Trudy

“Little Change Creators, your donation has brought so many smiles and opened a whole new world of creativity into our homes.  Thank you!” – Ronald McDonald House Charities, South East Queensland

“This is my daughter's favourite colouring set. She loves using the mat for sensory play like fizzing potions and playing with playdough.” – Melanie A.

“Your mats have been a tremendous help in our every day life.” – Chloe E.

Tips for Parents and Caregivers

Here are some tips to make the most of your child’s playtime with our colouring mats:

Encouraging Participation

Gently guide your child to participate in colouring activities, making it a fun and enjoyable experience.

Balancing Guided and Independent Play

Provide a mix of structured and free playtime to foster independence and creativity.

Communication During Play

Engage with your child during play, asking questions and encouraging them to describe their colouring choices and designs.


Incorporating reusable silicone colouring mats into your child’s play routine can provide numerous developmental benefits, particularly for neurodiverse children. These mats offer an eco-friendly, cost-effective, and engaging way to support your child’s growth and creativity. Give them a try and see the positive impact on your child’s playtime!


How do silicone colouring mats work?

Silicone colouring mats are designed to be used with instant-dry Magic Markers (12 pens included with each Re-FUN-able™ Colouring Set). After colouring, the mats can be easily wiped clean and reused.  We recommend using a Magic Clean Cloth (also included with each Re-FUN-able™ Colouring Set) to eliminate unnecessary waste.

Are silicone colouring mats safe for all children?

Little Change Creators’ silicone colouring mats are made from non-toxic, food-grade silicone, making them safe for children of all ages.

How can I clean the silicone colouring mats?

Simply wipe the mats with a damp cloth. They are designed to be durable and easy to maintain so can also be cleaned in a dishwasher or washing machine.  Stubborn ink stains can be removed with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitiser.

Can these mats be used for group activities?

Absolutely! The mats are great for group play, encouraging social interaction and collaborative creativity.

Where can I purchase reusable silicone colouring mats?

You can purchase Little Change Creators’ premium quality mats directly from our website or through our many stockists.



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