Of all the sensory projects for babies and toddlers out there, I’ve never considered trying them out. When Evan was little I don’t think I really fully understood it as a young mom. Now that I’m older and wiser this time around, I realize how important sensory play is for growing kids. This has made me put an honest effort to expand my horizons and start creating “crafts” with Max.
After browsing the internet for hours and being overloaded with options, I decided to mix things around and come up with my own little version sensory crafts. I hope over the next few months I can try to introduce Max to 2 or more crafts a month.
Let’s Get Speckled
First up? Sand. It’s probably every child’s favorite snack following dirt. It’s squishy, it can be cold or warm, different colors, textures, and more. I played around with food coloring and different base ingredients to come up with our very own toddler-safe speckled play sand.
Why speckled? Well, that’s because it’s way easier and more convenient for everyday moms to accomplish. Otherwise, if you are super crafty you can do solid colors. Making it speckled is a cheap option that gives play sand an edge yet keeps it realistic enough to speckled real sand.
Sensory Play Time
Speckled play sand is perfect for knowledge gaining toddlers. The texture is soft like the shores of Hawaii’s sand, ugh, I cried a little bit typing that. It feels like the softest sand you’ve ever laid your hands on. The sand is also capable of molding. Max loves making balls so he was extremely excited when we started rolling them out. Of course, the real excitement is crushing them right after.
Play sand is always pretty messy but in a good way.It’ss just flour so though it can get a little crazy, it’s incredibly easy to vacuum right up afterward. No worries on clogging your vacuum or broom with gunk. Better than that, all the ingredients are toddler-safe so if your little one shoves a handful in their mouth you’re safe. They will probably get grossed out and spit back out at most.
Toddler-Safe Speckled Play Sand
Are you ready for this incredibly difficult recipe? I’m just kidding, it will take you about 5 minutes to complete.
- 1 cup All Purpose Flour
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 box food coloring
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 air tight container
- 1 pair vinyl gloves (optional)*
- Measure out your flour and dump into mixing bowl.
- Slowly add your oil to flour while moderately stirring to mix.
- Add in as much or as little food coloring until you reach your desired color and speckledness.
- Stir a few times to mix then finish mixing in color with hands. *Use gloves to keep hands color free.
- Pour into an air tight container and repeat with as many colors as you'd like.