Scented Sensory Play
A guide for beginners
There are so many benefits to sensory play, from practicing fine and gross motor skills, to encouraging problem solving, and of course (particularly important for those with extra needs) learning to regulate complex sensory systems.
For kids with sensory processing disorders, this is a crucial, but also fun, part of a 'sensory diet'.
Don't be intimidated if that all sounds a little bit complicated though. I promise it isn't! And you're probably already doing lot's of sensory play with your child already.
Splashing in the warm, bubbly washing up water? Sensory.
Squeezing that cookie dough mix through your fingers when you're baking together? Sensory.
Digging around in the sand pit? Sensory.
What I'm suggesting today is that we start trying to add in a bit more interest to the olfactory sense - scent! Essential oils are a fantastic way to do this because they're extremely powerful, but also non-toxic and are easily processed by the body. They're a great way to help regulate mood and emotions too.
So here are my top tips for incorporating oils in your sensory play:
Have a go at incorporating some oils into your sensory play today.
What oils did you use?
How did you use them?
Let me know in the comments!
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