Let It Snow!!
Who doesn’t love playing in the snow? Snow provides children with a heightened sensory experience. However, not all of us live in a place that it snows. Follow this guide from one of our Occupational Therapists on how to make snow indoors. Then scroll to the bottom to watch the video.
- A medium mixing bowl.
- Spatula (optional)
- Measuring cups
- Cookie sheet or tray
- 1 ½ cup of baking soda
- ¼ cup white hair conditioner
In the bowl, combine the baking soda and white hair conditioner. If you want to start with the spatula, feel free. You will move to mixing with your hands eventually. The conditioner and baking soda will combine and create this amazing texture that you are able to ball into snowballs, making a fun snowman or winter scene to add your favorite toys. To make a snowman, use three toothpicks (for the arms and nose) and two chocolate chips (for the coal eyes).
To prepare your child for this tactile sensory activity try the following:
- Provide them with heavy work of finding the supplies and carrying them to the table.
- Apply deep pressure to the trunk or ask them to apply deep pressure to your arms or legs.
- Allow your child time to process the instructions and give them in short concise steps.
- Have a towel near-by in case they need to wipe their hands. This activity wipes clean from the hands and leaves hands feeling smooth.
You can create a whole playscape using figurines from your child’s toy chest and incorporate their favorite dinosaurs or army men. Let them be creative and have fun with it! Remember it is okay to get messy!
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