For our sense of smell activity as part of our Five Senses Play Challenge I decided to combine my favourite smell cinnamon with an activity Adam has loved in the past – salt trays. So far we have created a rainbow salt tray and a shape salt tray. This time I created a cinnamon number salt tray.
This time I chose a tin to use for the tray. Adam loves shaking the salt in order for the objects underneath to ‘disappear’ again so I wanted something with high sides. On the bottom on the tin I placed foam number stickers (affiliate link).
As we have been making lots of play dough recently my container of salt was half empty. I took off the lid, poured some cinnamon inside, put the lid back on and let Adam shake the two ingredients together. He then poured the cinnamon salt over the numbers.
The cinnamon made the salt slightly brown and it looked more like sand. Instead of giving Adam paint brushes to move the salt around the tray I gave him cinnamon sticks.
Adam thoroughly enjoyed finding the numbers within the cinnamon salt and loved trying to bury his hand under the salt. He spent ages pouring the remaining cinnamon salt onto the tin lid and then tipping the contents into the tin. Once the salt container was empty he took off the lid, filled a plastic cup up with cinnamon salt, poured it into the salt container and started again. So much fun with just two ingredients!
Are you interested to see what we did next with our cinnamon salt? Take a look at our Cinnamon Play Dough Rabbits.
* Table Salt
* Cinnamon sticks
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