Strawberry Sand Recipe + How to Do Baby Sensory

You can view some videos of play on my “sensory 2” highlight on  Instagram

You can view some videos of play on my “sensory 2” highlight on Instagram

This strawberry sand recipe is so soft! My girls were obsessed with playing with it, and even my baby played with it for over an hour! We decided to add the sand to our light table from Art & Play with some heart cookie cutters (found here) for an added Valentines activity. They loved how the light shined through around the heart shapes!

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Strawberry Sand Recipe

  • 2 cups Strawberry Nesquick powder (found at most grocery stores and online)

  • 2 cups flour

  • 3/4 cup oil

  • Sprinkles (optional)

Whisk all of the ingredients together. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Those little tippy-toes!

Those little tippy-toes!

How to Do Baby Sensory

My baby turned one last week. We are exploring taste safe sensory with her, and she is loving it! Here are some tips and tricks of how to do baby sensory.

Make it taste safe. This isn’t necessarily so that we encourage her to eat it, rather it is to make sure that if she does try it (which if your child is in the mouthing stage, they most likely will) then it’s safe. It is also to practice the “not in your mouth” with activities and small things in a safe space.

“Not in your mouth”. As your baby starts to put the sensory into her mouth be consistent in saying, “not in your mouth” and move her hand away from her mouth. We did our Sort the Sweets activity with my baby last week and had to reiterate this over and over during that activity. This is actually a great space to practice what we do and don’t put into our mouths. This sensory activity she didn’t attempt to put the strawberry sand in her mouth once. Although, I’m sure she will continue to “try” it with other sensory activities in the future, it’s surprising how quickly they pick up on “Not in your mouth!”

Put it out, never force. When we are preparing a sensory activity for our child we want to set it out for them to explore, but never force them to touch it. Let them go at their pace. I love watching my baby slowly get into a sensory activity. She is always cautious at first. In this activity in particular, she started placing the cookie cutters into the light table, and back to the side compartment. She accidentally got the strawberry sand on her and pulled a sort of “yuck” face. I like to touch the sand so she can watch me and see that it’s safe. She then moved onto patting the sand and started giggling. Eventually she moved it around with her hands. She then literally got in the sand and was loving every bit of it!

Mix it up. I like to leave out a sensory activity for a day or two so that they can continue to come back and explore as they get more comfortable. After a few days, I’ll put it away. The next time I do a sensory activity I’ll mix it up with a different activity with new textures for her to explore. Then I might go back to familiar sensory activities, this could be something as simple as water in the water table. This allows her to continue to explore new sensory, while feeling there is still some familiarity.

Big sisters’ turn!

Big sisters’ turn!

Tip: add a drop cloth for easier clean up! This one was surprisingly easy to quickly clean up!

Tip: add a drop cloth for easier clean up! This one was surprisingly easy to quickly clean up!

When she really got into it ;)

When she really got into it ;)

We just received our light table from  Art & Play  and are already using it in so many activities!

We just received our light table from Art & Play and are already using it in so many activities!