Exploring mindfulness with children through touch by making moon sand

Posted on September 06 2016

Exploring the world through the five senses is a way to discover the world in the present moment.  Our sense of touch is the connection between our bodies and the real world.  We use the sense of touch as a radar to gather information about our surroundings.  Our skin can feel if it’s warm or cold, if something is sharp to the touch or if our pillow is just right.

Our sense of touch can also make us feel comforted.  Holding someone’s hand, having someone brush your hair or touch your shoulder can be soothing and help to relax.  Children (and many adults) find comfort in therapy putty or other tactile objects.  I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes for what some call Moon Sand or Cloud Dough that I like to use with kids as a way to use their sense of touch.  It’s also incredibly addicting. I dare you not to play with it once you make it!  It has the characteristics of wet sand, but unlike wet sand, it easily brushes off your hands and clothes.  Because it has oil in it, it’s best to be used in a contained area even though it doesn’t seem oily when playing with it. 

Mix a batch up and have it ready for your kids on the first days of school!

Moon Sand Recipe

8 cups of flour

1 cup of baby oil (or any type of oil for that matter)

Optional-Lavender essential oil or scent of your choice-If using baby oil, the scent is already very soothing.

Laura Zimmer- Author/Creator of The Beginner's Mind Mindfulness Teaching Toolkit - A mindfulness curriculum for elementary children.


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