I love to add sensory activities to our day. It allows me to bridge gaps between the children by creating activities they all can enjoy and learn from. The littles benefit in the usual ways, motor skills, and general development. But, my oldest has ADHD and sensory activities are one of the ways we control it. They give her body an outlet that is kid friendly and will not drive mommy to the brink of insanity. I often add calming essential oils to the activities to help her concentrate and focus on lessons afterwards. Sensory Play is truly a key to helping exceptional learners. This sensory sand recipe is fun, will fit an ocean study, and if you add lavender will have a calming effect on your children.
Sensory Sand Recipe
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1.5 cups cooking oil
- 4 to 5 drops A+ attention (or choice) essential oil to calm children (optional)
Mix oil and essential oils before beginning. Put flour and salt into a large container and mix. Then add the oils mixing well as it mixes your sand will begin to look like sand. The salt gives it a bit of glitter just like real sand has but, this is a lot easier to clean up in your home.
To clean up sensory sand?
Well that’s why I love homemade sensory sand over the sand we can play with outside. You see we have a yard full of sand and keeping it up off my floor is the biggest challenge of my day. This sand just sweeps up easy. I place it in a big under the bed storage container and let all of the kids go at it. They have so much fun then I clean up and put it into a ziplock bag or airtight storage container for our next play time.
This makes a great gift your child can make for friends that is easy to clean up. Find more on Homemade Holidays.