So here we go…
My kid? She needs constant attention. Maybe it’s the age (she’s almost 3) or maybe it’s just her, and she loves the limelight. I have no idea, but as a work at home mom, I cannot sanely give her my 24/7 attention. My head would explode. I am not the perfect mom, I have needs and one of those needs is some “me time” to relax and refuel.
So, I decided to make some Cloud Sand for her to play with. Sensory play is really great for kids. It helps develop cognitive skills, creativity, physical motor skills, descriptive language and and allows them to learn how to express themselves. Plus it’s fun and it keeps her busy for an hour! So I can get things done around the house and not feel like a crazy person.
They types of sensory play you will utilize with this activity are: Creativity, and Motor Skills, involving the senses of sight, touch and smell.
Aren’t her little person hands so cute?!
We love cloud sand because it is so easy to make (seriously) and it is so cool! It holds it shape when squeezed or pressed together, but goes back to being powdery “sand” when you break it up again.
I like to make a pan worth of cloud sand for her to play with about once a week, since it’s cheap and easy to make and then I don’t feel so bad throwing it out when it gets old and gross.
To make cloud sand, you only need 2 ingredients. Flour and oil. That’s it!
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup oil
- Few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
A lot of Cloud Sand recipes call for baby oil, but I prefer to use edible oils because kids are weird and sometimes eat stuff they shouldn’t. I use melted coconut oil. It smells nice and doesn’t taste funky in case Abbey gets hungry. If you want, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I like to use lavender because of it’s calming properties.
This stuff is a godsend. Abbey will play with it for hours! The only problem is it is VERY messy, so I tend to set her outside on the deck with a towel under her. Anything that spills, I sweep up and throw away. DO NOT try to wash it away. It will get VERY sticky and cause a huge mess. This is a dry activity, I can not stress that enough! Haha. Flour + Oil + Water = Dough. It will harden on everything and prove impossible to clean, so just keep it dry.
What are your favorite sensory games for toddlers?