Does your child struggle with the idea of touching and playing with sand? Unfortunately, it’s probably one of the most common sensory issues that children deal with. Sand is rough and just feels weird between our fingers and toes. I wanted to introduce you to something known as Edible Sensory Sand. Your child can help you make it, play with it, and even eat it.
Supply list for Edible Sensory Sand:
-A play sand bucket
-A box of graham crackers
-A box of Oreos
-A box of Raw Sugar
How to make the edible sand:
- Start by taking the graham crackers and a Ziploc baggie. Place the graham crackers inside of the baggie and make the crackers as small as possible. Have the kids help smash the crackers until there are no more large chunks. You can also use a blender or a food processor to complete this stuff, but it’s nowhere near as fun.
- Separate the Oreos and leave the cream side for the kids to eat. Place the non-creamed side in a large baggie and crush as well. These are a little tougher to get into smaller pieces, but it’s doable.
- Empty the baggie of graham crackers into your play bucket, add as much raw sugar as you’d like, and then place a few spoonfuls of your crushed Oreos into the sand (You can also use Black Sugar for the “black speckled” look of the sand).
Activities to complete with the sand:
#1. Play with the sand
The most obvious thing to do with the edible play sand is to let your child play with the sand. You can choose to tell them it’s edible before or after they are done playing with it. Wash their hands before you let them run their fingers through the sand. Make sure you talk about what the “sand” feels like.
#2. Use real sand tools
You can use real (clean) sand tools with this edible sand. If you don’t have real tools, you can use utensils from the sink. It’s equally as fun.
#3. Lines and Patterns
Let your child run their hands through the sand and make different lines and patterns. Your child can get creative with this and really dig into their artistic side as well. If your child is not comfortable touching the sand, you can let them wear gloves, or you can place it in a large plastic baggie for them to touch and feel.
#4. Treasure Hunt
You can place edible worms and sea shells inside the edible sensory sand to send your children on a little treasure hunt. They can use a small spoon, their hands, or actual beach tools.
Making sand in the comfort of your own home feels safe and comfortable to the child who has a sensory issue. This Edible Sensory Sand is also perfect budget wise, and you can make it multiple times throughout the year. Edible sand is a perfect sensory activity to pull out time and time again to keep your child interested in the touch and feel of sand.