Take a Spring Break at Home This Year

With these fun sensory activities

By Julie Follansbee March 20, 2014
This was a hard winter and many schools used up every snow day they had put aside so that means no trips during spring break for many. Even though 70% of families said in a recent poll that they WOULD take their kids out of school to travel, many of us will be at home.
So what to do? I had a friend whose mother said "Sometimes you have to make sunshine inside!" If you can't go to the beach, or some place warm, bring the beach to your home! There is nothing more fun than playing in sand. These are fantastic sensory activities that will keep kids busy for hours.

To Make Colored "Sand"
some white rice
food coloring
hand sanitizer
a flat pan
Use the same recipe we use to color pasta only substitute rice:
Put 5-6 squirts of hand sanitizer in a plastic ziplock bag. Add a few drops of food coloring.
Add rice.
Zip bag.
Shake until mixed.
Lay rice out on a parchment lined jelly roll pan to dry completely.
*NOTE: this is not edible
This is a fun one in the tub!
Add a few drops of blue food coloring to the water and you are instantly transformed to the ocean! Your kids will never want to get out!

To Make Bath Sand:
shaving cream
food coloring
bath crystals
You can use plastic beach toys or any flat container for this.
While your kids are in the tub you or they can fill the container with shaving cream
Add the bath crystals.
Now they can squeeze and shape their "sand"!
You can take this back even one step further and make your own bath crystals!

Bath Crystals
Epsom Salts
Food coloring
essential oil (optional)
Pour some epsom salts into a lipped container
Add a few drops of food coloring
Add a drop of essential oils
Let the kids alternate between the "beach" and the "ocean". Add some sea shells and beach toys and they'll think they've been on vacation!


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