Sensory activities for the summer
Here is an Homemade beach dough recipe for a fun fine motor, sensory and nature play with a big splash of summer theme.
To make beach dough you will need. I used the 4 minute no cook play dough recipe as a base.
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- 1 cup Play Sand
- 1 cup Flour
- 1tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 tbsp Cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup-3/4 cup of Boiling water ( add in small increments)
Use the above measurements as a base and adjust to your own preferences. ( we like our play dough very pliable)
I added the sand, flour, oil and cream of tartar and mixed them all well.
Once mixed, I added the boiling water and started kneading the mixture. Soon you will get a play dough like material with a gritty texture.
That’s it! You have your own beach sand dough for little hands to explore and enjoy.
I set out an invitation to play with beach dough, shells, sticks and stones. It was met with an excited squeal and giggles ( how exciting to see your kids get excited over your little set-up)
Any sensory activity including play-dough substance is great for developing fine motor skills.
The recipe is super simple that your kids can help knead ( watch for that hot water though)
The girls set off to play, explore and create with the beach dough.
Toddler’s take on the sensory activity
My toddler as usual saw this as a complete sensory exploration. She was all about squashing, kneading and feeling the beach dough.
Soon however, she turned the sensory activity into a fine motor activity.She started picking up the shells and arranging them on her share of beach dough while counting the shells and simply vocalizing her process.
She soon added sticks and pebbles to her creation. It was great to see the kids using objects from nature to play and create.
As you can see my toddler was more into pressing objects into the beach dough. While her older sister was using the beach dough as a glue of sorts to create more elaborate creatures. At their own levels both were developing some serious fine motor skills all while playing and creating with nature.
Preschooler’s take on the sensory activity
My preschooler’s sensory activity leaned more towards “creating” with the dough than exploring the dough by squashing. Here is her beach dough bird.
My personal favorite her snail ( I even so shamefully screamed” kiddo you are so creative”)
All the creatures in this summer sensory activity.
Hope you enjoyed the play idea. If you happen to make and play with the beach dough, come back and share your pictures and creations.
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