And into a new week we go. Seeing as Mondays are not everyone's cup of tea, and usually a rushed affair or, if you are lucky, more one of slowly easing into the week, we have a nice easy sensory activity for all the parents out there.
We are heading into winter here in the southern hemisphere, and beach visits are going to get fewer and fewer. If your children love playing with sand, don’t despair, as we have something for you.
I don’t know if anyone has seen the wonderful moon sand that you can buy at the supermarket? This is a hybrid between play dough and sand, and works wonderfully when your kids are all play-doughed-out and want a touch of the beach, but it is incredibly expensive. So here is our, very easy and cheap, recipe:
What you need:
- 4 cups of sand
- 2 cups of corn starch (Maizena)
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of baby oil
What to do:
- Mix the dry ingredients
- Add the baby oil slowly until you have the right consistency
- Knead well
- This is similar to play dough, but with a different feel and texture.
- It works well as an indoor activity, (just put some plastic down), or as an outdoor activity.
- As with the playdough, add some utensils or props (think beach and add some pebbles, feathers and sea shells).
- It's a lovely sensory material; it sort of feels just like damp sand, just a bit softer; but it’s not sticky and messy on your hands.
- It is also mouldable, so you can build sand castles, walls, houses and the like
Staying with the sand theme, here is a bonus activity for you to make, that your child can play with in the moon sand play...
What you need:
- 1 1/4 cups dirt,
- 1 1/4 cups flour,
- 3/4 cups of salt,
- 1/2 cup if sand.
What to do:
- Mix the dry ingredients and start adding water slowly until it holds it shape.
- Form the clay around a plastic animal of your choice.
- Let it dry in the sun and let the kids enjoy discovering what is inside.
- You can theme this one to just dinosaurs, or to any animal group of your choice.
- Help your child find out fun facts of the animal you choose.
- For older children, involve them in the process from beginning to end, showing how dry ingredients differ from the wet product, and how the heat of the sun bakes mud into clay.
- All children will enjoy making the mud and getting dirty.
Well, I hope this helps to get Monday done and dusted, excuse the pun - (sand and all - yes I know it was weak). Go out to the beach, while the weather still permits and start collecting your sand for Moon Sand, and enjoy rediscovering your own childhood while playing with mud. I will be back tomorrow with more fun play activities. Until then, happy playing.