We have fallen in love with simple water sensory play or "sensory soups." They are so easy to put together, but encourage lots of fine motor practice. Here's our peppermint scented winter themed sensory soup.
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How to Make Scented Snowflake Soup Sensory Bin for Kids
For this peppermint scented snowflake sensory soup, I used:
- Peppermint essential oil - Use peppermint extract instead for really little kids.
- Metallic pearl white liquid watercolor - I use a brand from Michaels.
- Foam snowflakes
- Silver snowflakes - I cut up a cheap snowflake garland for these.
- Kitchen utensils - We like to use a whisk, a ladle, a large spoon, and a plastic bowl. The boys eventually added some measuring cups and an ice cream container to extend the play.
I used a generous amount of metallic pearl white liquid watercolor to achieve this shiny white water. It hid the silver snowflakes perfectly as these snowflakes don't float. They just sit on the bottom of the sensory bin. The foam snowflakes, in blues and white, float perfectly on top of the water. I also put in two drops of the peppermint essential oil for two reasons. First, we were all recovering from being sick with colds so we were all still a bit stuffed up. Second, I just associate peppermint with winter and Christmas time. Please note that peppermint extract may be used instead and is actually preferred for really small kids. Peppermint essential oil is not recommended for use with small children, but we have used small doses of it with my children with no ill effects.
The boys loved to scoop and pour the shiny snow-colored water and the different snowflakes. Fun fact: K thinks snowflakes look like the maple leaf he sees on the Canadian flag so he kept saying, "Oh! A Canada flag!" every time he picked up a snowflake. I have tried correcting him, but he still insists that they're little Canada flags. Ha!
Other Ideas You'll Love
Don't forget to check out these other Christmas and winter themed fine motor activities from my Fine Motor Fridays co-hosts!
Candy Cane Pipe Cleaner Garland from Craftulate
Cute Mini Christmas Trees from Powerful Mothering
Invitation to Create: Christmas Ornaments from P is for Preschooler
Color Matching Reindeer Clothespin Activity from School Time Snippets
Pouch Cap Wreath Craft from House of Burke
Christmas Scissor Skills and Craft from Little Bins for Little Hands
Christmas Lights on the Light Table from Still Playing School
DIY Fine Motor Kit from Stir the Wonder