Most sunny days, I take Evie down to the beach for a run around. It’s such a big open space, she can play & explore safely without me having to chase her. But it was a really miserable today so the beach wasn’t a good choice.
After reading a great post by Mum, M & More on how to make ‘cloud dough’ (which looks a lot like sand) I decided to try making a ‘BEACH IN A BOX‘ sensory activity for Evie.
Homemade sand is actually really easy to make. I mixed together 8 cups of flour with 2 cups of baby oil. If your little one still puts everything in its mouth I’d recommend using vegetable oil instead to make it edible.
This mixture turns into a sand like texture instantly. What’s great about it is that it can mould together easily to make little sandcastles (like wet sand), yet it is really soft to touch. It also smells really lovely. Evie was a bit unsure at first (she’s used to real sand so looked very confused!), but soon she really enjoyed playing with it.
This activity lasted for over 45 minutes & could have gone on for longer if she wasn’t due some food. We had so much fun squishing it, sifting it through our fingers & making handprints in the box, with our own hands & the mould that we had.
If you are ever lost for something to do with your toddler, the is a great sensory activity & if you have everything already, it only takes a few minutes to pull together. You will need:
This can be quite messy so I would recommend wearing old clothes & putting something down on the floor. I forgot to get changed myself & ended up having a very floury cuddle with Evie.
Have you tried sensory or messy play with your toddler? Let me know what you’ve tried!
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