Today’s Post is about Sensory Play using Essential Oils!
Essential oils have not only contributed to my family’s wellness in so many ways the past few years but they have also made craft time even more engaging. I’m always searching for ways to keep my kid’s little hand’s busy, yet provide them a learning experience.
Sensory activities and getting messy are always their favorite (and keep them entertained the longest!).
I have learned to embrace the mess over the years! I have also learned that adding essential oils to basic play activities truly can enhance the experience in many ways. It expands their creative play by incorporating scent into their pretend “stories” and it can even be used as a way to calm them by adding scents known to relax the senses, such as lavender.
One activity all 3 of my kids enjoy (and truthfully mom too!) is playing in water beads. These squishy clear beads are so amazing and fun to play with. They have played with them on top of a light box and outside in a baby pool with their feet. Sometimes I add a few drops of essential oils into the water when I’m making them, so it creates an even greater sensory play experience.
I have used Lavender, Gentle Baby blend, Stress Away blend, and Orange essential oils with success.
Another super simple way to incorporate essential oils into play is adding them directly to homemade Play Dough or Cloud Dough. The oils I like to add to Play Dough are Tangerine, Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint but you can add any scent you enjoy. My favorite way to incorporate oils into Cloud Dough is to add Cinnamon Bark oil and give the kiddos kitchen accessories like measuring cups & bowls. If I am feeling adventurous we even add oats to the mix and they pretend to make apple pie. Oils like Lavender or Thieves are also fantastic choices to add into Cloud Dough.
Below are the basic recipes I use for both.
Basic Play Dough
• 2 cups flour
• 1 cup salt
• 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
• 1 tablespoon oil (I think coconut oil creates a softer dough)
• 2 cups cold water
• A few drops of any essential oil
• Natural Food coloring, optional
Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil, food coloring (if using), and water in a medium saucepan.
Stir over low-medium heat for about 5 minutes, until play dough reaches the right consistency (dough starts forming a ball). Remove from pan & place on wax paper. Let cool, knead in essential oils until it is distributed evenly throughout.
Store in airtight container.
Basic Cloud Dough
- 8 cups flour
- 1 cup vegetable oil/olive oil
- 4-5 drops essential oil
Lastly, an effortless way to incorporate essential oils into play is during normal craft time. I add a drop or two of a different oil to each color when painting and it becomes a sensory explosion. The citrus oils are especially fabulous for this activity and the kids never fail to get paint all over their noses while trying to sniff the paper!
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Written by Jessica Randal
Jessica is a mother of 3 children ages 10, 4, & 3! A mom who is trying to get through this haze of motherhood.
She tries to keep her kids busy with outside exploring, messy play, & encouraging lots of pretend.working mom & homeschool mom wannabe that tries my hardest to give my kids a
She is a working mom, who happens to be a Homeschooling mom wannabe. Jessica on a constant quest for physical and emotional wellness which has led her down the path of adding Essential Oils into her family’s daily routines.
Using Essential Oils in everyday life is something she feels passionate about!
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