Nicola from Multicrafting Mummy is joining us for our Five Senses Play Challenge. Previously Nicola has joined us for our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge Blog Hop on day 25. Today Nicola continues our Sense of Smell week.
Thanks very much to Emma for inviting us over to do a guest post for her Five Senses Play Challenge. My is Nicola Simpson and I blog over at MultiCrafting Mummy where I share my own arts, crafts and messy play ideas, that I do at home with my three children aged 2, 5 and 7.
Like many kids, by late-afternoon mine are often starting to get irritable (and mummy at times!). The boys have had a busy day at school and my daughter is starting to get cranky if she hasn’t had chance for a nap. It can be hard to find an activity to suit them all, but I have found that adding different scents to some activities really helps to distract and calm them down and helps to get us all through to bedtime. We’d love to share our favourite scented afternoon play activities with you.
Lavender Scented Moon Sand
Moon sand is very simple to mix up and it can be used as the base for a number of different themed activities. We mix together the basic recipe of 8 cups of flour (we like to use a mix of plain and wholemeal) and 1 cup of baby oil. Then by adding in some Lavender oil, you then transform your moon sand into a perfect calm down activity. You can then add in some cars, diggers or dinosaurs to play with in the sand.
Or you could even add in a few tea cups and spoons and set on making some sandcastles or “sand cakes”. What other ideas do you have for moon sand pretend play?
Scented Water Play
Playing with water can be a very therapeutic in the afternoon. Just think how nice you feel after a good long soak in the bath. My 5 year old son especially finds it very soothing to have his hands messing around in water. By adding either an essential oil or some flavourings from your baking supplies, can help take this simple activity to a whole new level. We added in some Orange extract to a recent water play activity with whisks. Adding and sniffing the scent really helped to distract the kids from their crankiness. As they breathed in the scent we chatted about what is smelt like, if they liked it or not and what it reminded them off. It did make us quite hungry though, as it reminded us of a lovely “Orange Cake” that we made last year for my birthday.
Adding spices, essential oils or baking essences to water paints is a great way to add a new scented dimension to a painting activity. We painted some Shamrocks recently and we mixed in some Peppermint extract into our water paints. The peppermint met with a mixed reception with the kids. My youngest loved it, but my eldest son thought it was just too strong and he really didn’t like the smell of it. Why not experiment with different flavourings such as vanilla or lemon or you could try adding in cocoa powder or cinnamon. You can get the kids to do the mixing or make it into a little game and you mix the paints ahead of the activity and then ask them to guess what the different scents are.
Thank you to Multicrafting Mummy for sharing her favourite scented afternoon play activities. This guest post is part of our Five Senses Play Challenge, for the sense of smell. Click here for more smell activity inspiration.
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