Day 2: Sensory Lifestyle Challenge
I hope you had a fun day at a playground yesterday and your child had the opportunity to challenge themselves while trying something new.
Today we will mainly focus on our TACTILE sense through some messy play. Have no fear! I will have you organized so that it’s hassle free to you and lots of fun for your kids.
Why do tactile activities?
Tactile input provides us with valuable information that aids in the development of fine motor skills. It helps with the development of precise, skilled movement when using a variety of tools such as crayons and utensils.
It also gives us essential information that contributes towards body awareness. Body awareness (body schema) is important for motor development and figuring out how to use our body.
So basically a well developed tactile sense will help your child master skills such as dressing, eating, writing, drawing, cutting, playing etc.
DAY 2 CHALLENGE: CLOUD DOUGH
Cloud Dough Fun
Out of your supply list get the following items ready:
If doing the activity indoors I will try to help you keep the mess to the minimum.
- Shower curtain/tarp (to be placed on the floor to maintain the mess in one location)
- Towels (for wiping off if needed)
For the cloud dough you will need:
- Baby Oil
|Targeted Senses||Skills Developed|
|Tactile Sense||Fine motor skills, bilateral coordination, hand strengthening, eye hand coordination, tactile perception|
Cloud dough is a really fun activity. It is somewhat similar to the commercial moon sand. It feels silky and it is very moldable. The easy part is that it only includes two materials, baby oil and flour.
Step 1. If playing indoors set up by placing a cover on the floor. You can use a tarp or a shower curtain. If playing outdoors, you can skip this step.
Step 2. Make your dough (See recipe below). Feel free to involve your kids in making it.
Step 3. Once you’ve made your dough, it’s time to explore. They can use their hands to mold things. Additionally you can provide them with small containers which they can also use to explore and create.
Below is a general guideline from which you can work. I usually add a little extra baby oil to make it even more moldable.
Cloud Dough Recipe
What to do:
Look for me in your inbox tomorrow!
Until then…happy playing!
Disclaimer: The activities in this email series are intended for sensory play. They are not a replacement for treatment of children with Sensory Processing Disorder, are not medical advice and should not be used in place of the care of a medical doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. These activities should be facilitated and supervised by an adult. All activities are to be performed at your own risk and in no event shall Sensory Lifestyle be liable for any damages.