The summer holiday has arrived. Phew!
I need to lie down in a darkened room after the last two weeks!
With this in mind, I thought I’d share a few therapeutic, calming activities…
Patterns in Coloured Sand
Fingers as well as paintbrushes, feathers, sticks & honey dippers are lovely to move through a tray of sand. Here, I have the sand on a mirror, so reflections are discovered too…
More patterns in sand…
The children can spend ages doing this. Great for fine-motor skills & hand-eye coordination too! Over time, they become more accurate with the ‘delivery’ & we have less on the table & floor…
Therapeutic Stone Play
Arranging stones in patterns can be so calming – I love transient art & I love stones, so this is very therapeutic for me!
Calming Sand and Shell Play
Calming Play Dough
Here, I’ve used vanilla scented dough with Star Anise, Cinammon Sticks, Casia Bark & an acrylic mirror…
Simple Sensory Bottles
I’ve made lots of discovery bottles over the years. These particular ones are simply water, glitter, food colouring & vegetable oil…
Sensory Play with Lavender Bath Salts
Check for allergies first!
Sensory Lightbox Play
This is cheap hair gel (15p a pot from Tesco) and food colouring. I would usually use ziplock bags (& then put tape over the zip), but I didn’t have any to hand in this case, so used clear punched pocket thingymbobs. I had to double-bag them & tape carefully, as there are lots of tiny holes along the edges…
Calming Cloud Dough
– made with 8 cups of flour, 1 cup of baby oil (or use vegetable oil) & a tablespoon of purple powder paint. You can add a few drops of flavouring/essential oil too, if you wish it to have a particular scent…
Painting with Water
The children love painting with water…
Of course, there is always the simple sand timer – watching the sand run through can be quite calming…
.– Rachel (“,)