Sensory development is so important for children and works well as a calm-down and focus activity. What else is good for development? Learning how to create soothing sensory enriching objects! I mean, we all saw the whole blow up in popularity of slime! With this activity, we’ll show you how to create your very own DIY moon sand, perfect for sculpting, building, and of course — destroying when you’re done!
What you need:
- Baby Oil
- All purpose flour
- Air-tight plastic container
- Measuring cups
What you do:
First, pour 8 cups of all purpose into the bowl. Next, add 1 cup of baby oil. If you wish to make more or less moon sand, the ratio should be ¼ cup of baby oil for ever 2 cups of all purpose flour.
Mix the baby oil and all purpose flour together in the bowl with the spoon, being sure to break up any clumps of baby oil that form. Once you mix the concoction together completely, spoon it into the air-tight plastic container for storage.
Your DIY moon sand is all done and ready for action!
Questions to consider:
- Why does moon sand never dry out?
- Why does moon sand stick together better than regular sand?
- How does playing with moon sand make you feel when you play with it?
Why it works:
Sensory toys like DIY moon sand help us to develop our five senses (taste, touch, smell, sight, hearing) when we’re little! They allow us to explore and use scientific processes while we play, create, and investigate new sensations. This helps our brains grow super strong.
Additionally, sensory play helps to soothe anxiety and frustration by giving us something to focus on other than whatever has us upset!