If you have a baby, like me, who is still very young in terms of the learning spectrum, the you may be wondering how you can incorporate safe sensory activities. Beyond just having a very young child, our household is an no chemical, no/minimal plastic, organic, gmo-free home. This can be tricky when trying to incorporate activities for kids. Sometimes I use items I really don’t want to (usually this is plastic related), but it is rare.
That being said, how do I create safe and fun activities? Well, there are two main ingredients that I love to use. Even before we first fed her food (which in reality was yesterday), we used these in bags so that if they busted open and she ingested even a tiny but, it wouldn’t be toxic. What are they?
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Both are great for skin and are healthy items to ingest. They are actually loaded with nutrients, so it may be just what your baby need too. Aloe Vera Gel can be scrapped directly from a giant aloe leaf. These are normally in health-food stores. Or, you can buy a bottle of gel too. (Make sure it says gel and not juice. Then again, juice would work too, but I like the gel for slimier activities).Our house uses organic unrefined gold-label coconut oil because it’s what’s best for you. However, any coconut oil will do. What’s fun about coconut oil? It can be used for older kids as well to teach about viscosity. I freeze a bag of coconut oil and let me daughter shew on it. It then goes back to its creamy state and then eventually it turns into a liquidy oil.Mixed with a little water, I even made an aloe gel sensory tub of ocean-related items in preparation for our Maui trip that’s coming up shortly. I did cave and use a plastic turtle and sting ray, but I used fabric rick-rack for sea weed, a stretched out hair tie as a snake/worm, a fabric frog, and a wooden fish.
Kara is an author and advocate for positive, grace-filled parenting. She is homeschooler to her 4 children living in Boston, MA and believes in creative educational approaches to help kids dive deeper into a rich learning experience. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!