The Natural Momma In Me is back today with a guest post for our Five Senses Play Challenge. Today the emphasis is on the sense of smell.
I think smell is a really overlooked sense when it comes to sensory play. We often get so caught up in the sense of touch that we don’t actively explore other areas. However, smell is really easy to incorporate into ‘normal’ sensory play activities – which is exactly what we have done today.
It’s not secret that Isabelle (22 months) loves moon sand. We first played with this silky smooth, mouldable, wonder sand back in August 2014 and we have played with it many times since adding little bits and bobs as we went – we have since had glitter moon sand and orange and lemon moon sand to link up with Emma’s week celebrating World Nursery Rhyme Week.
Today’s moon sand was extra special as it was coloured AND scented. Making moon sand is so easy. Simply mix:
* 8 cups plain flour
* 1 cup oil (baby, vegetable, coconut)
You will know when they are combined and ready to play with. To make our moon sand today I decided I wanted to add some green powered paint to get a vibrant colour, and had initially decided to scent it with peppermint. However, all of this week Isabelle has had a stinking cold and in a brainwave moment I suddenly thought “Why not scent it with Olbas oil to help keep her nose clear?” We’ve been using it everywhere this last week to help her stay snuffle free, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to include such a strong smell into our play.
I added a few drops of the oil into the moon sand and we were ready to play.
The one thing I always notice when I scent play materials is how the smell really fills the whole room. This was definitely true of our Olbas moon sand – the whole room had that wonderful smell which I can’t quite describe, but know doubt you know which one I mean.
Isabelle dived straight into play with the sand, and I encouraged her to sniff it several times. In fairness, up close it was very strong smelling, so she didn’t seem that keen on sniffing it deeply. The fact that scent permeated the room, however, made it difficult not to smell it constantly, and I encouraged words like sniff, smell and strong to be used while we played. The Olbas worked it’s magic and kept Isabelle’s nose clear while we played – building castles and knocking them down and crumbling the green sand between our fingers.
The sand keeps so well sealed in an airtight container and we still have, and play with, our very first batch of moon sand from last August. Moon sand is our go to activity for a rainy day, and for days when Isabelle is feeling a bit off colour and can’t settle on anything else. The addition of the Olbas means that this will be a perfect activity for the next time she has a stuffed up nose, too.
I’m so pleased to get to link up with the 5 senses challenge again, and can’t wait to move on to next week to explore more senses with Isabelle.
Thank you to The Natural Momma In Me for sharing Olbas Scented Moon Sand. 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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