Coming on the tail end of summer, Momma's are weary and kiddos think they are bored.
Enter Sensory Play. The use of sensory play can assist your child with touching, smelling and playing with the texture in an environment with little expectation. It can also help to build nerve connections in the brain and encourages the development of motor skills. The perfect tool for all neuro and non-neurotypical children.
We utilize several forms of sensory play since every child enjoys different things. My daughter loves it all, as a seeker she is always looking to touch, mix, smell, play, jump, and anything else you can think off in anything water and all things earth. Unfortunately sensory play is almost always messy, so if you are that mom (like me) that tires of the mess, be prepared with mats, cloths, close access to the sink with no distractions along the way. What I love about this recipe is it is by far the easist thing to clean up, which is good as when I wasn't looking it ended up in the craft area, but more on that later.
Aromatherapy Gak Dough is a little bit slimy, a little bit forming, and a whole lot of calm. This is not for the child that loves to taste all the things though, but with the right ingredients its not the end of the world if there is a lick here or there.
I love this recipe because its simple, most people have all the ingredients in their home, its super easy to clean up, and it kept my girl distracted for almost an hour with several days of play.
Be mindful to use products that are as much plant based and organic if possible, especially if your littlle one is not neurotypical and/or may attempt to eat the gak.
4. Add Shampoo mix to cornstarch and stir to combine well. The mixture will appear crumbly.
5. Add water to mixture 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing thoroughly to distribute the water each time. You want to add enough water that the a rolled portion of dough forms a ball that "melts" when held in your hand....the difference in this melting stage can be about 1 tablespoon.
6. Once you have a nice shiny dough that holds together in a ball but slowly melts in the absence of pressure, you are ready to play! Keep in mind that as you all play with this mixture it may dry out, add a little water to your hands as needed. It should be just enough to rehydrate the dough.
7. When you are done playing, add 1/4 tsp of water to the dough and store in a sealed container. The water will help keep it from drying out before your kiddo is ready to play with it again. I would strongly suggest a container over a ziploc bag. Ours lasted for about 5-7 days at room temperature.
** If you add too much water, add a little more cornstarch and if its too crumbly add a little more water. Remember to rehydrate **
Want to mix it up a little? Add some figurines, loose parts or cut it up with a play dough knife. If you are like my daughter, she wants glitter in everything, sure add a little. Just know that the gak cleans off well but normally the glitter sticks around. So if you are cool with purple glitter all over you home, more power to you.
Enjoy and see you next time,