On one of our ninety million field trips of summer vacation that I am now too tired to attempt, we went to a nearby science center.
They had this great sand-like powder that was soft, yet moldable. My kids couldn’t get enough of this dreamy stuff.
I tried steering them away because what always happens ultimately did, and Sawyer was scooping the dreamy stuff out of its massive container instead of in, then the kind Science Center Lady said, “don’t worry it’s just flour and baby powder, we have tons of it.”
My first thought was this must be her first hour of work and my second thought was I am totally going to make this stuff at home and invite this woman over to supervise.
Somehow she couldn’t remember her phone number when I asked for it but I think we finally have the perfect formula for what I shall call Sensory Sand.
The kids had a blast and it was a great sensory activity for Ashlyn. She played with them for quite a while and then took off with her own stash.
8 cups flour
1 cup baby oil
- Find a deep carton or plastic bin and fill it will 8 cups of flour for every one cup of baby oil.
- Let the kids dig in and mix it together with their hands. (We tried mixing with spoons but it just doesn’t get the flour coated well enough.)
- Realize that this is going to get messy and move it outside.
- Throw in a few cups, spoons and sand toys and they can play for hours.
I actually completely prepped and got dinner in the oven while they played although note to the reader with children like mine:
If Sensory Sand hits your kitchen window while you are peeling potatoes it’s best to just stop the whole activity right then and there and put in a movie rather than continuing to fix dinner thus having to hose off a flour-covered family later.
They did smell good though.
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