In this simple sensory play activity for babies, your wee ones will delight in smashing edible sand castles again and again. At 8 months old, my son is definitely in an age of exploration. He absolutely loved this activity! I enjoyed the many vibrant faces he made as he sent the castles tumbling down and smashed the crumbling “sand” between his fingers.
I could tell that, at first, this new sensory sensation was a bit puzzling to him, but he didn’t shy away. He kept knocking down castles as fast as I could build them. At this age, new discoveries await around every corner and, mundane daily experiences are filled with first-time wonder and awe. It’s amazing to see!
This activity is particularly amazing, becasue you probably already have all the supplies at home. And if you don’t, they are ridiculously cheap to purchase.
Baby Play Activity: Smashing Edible Sand Castles
- silicone mat, old newspaper, or butcher paper
- 1 box of graham crackers
- press and seal bag, gallon size
- small cups/glasses, measuring cups or baby bottle caps
Dump the entire box of graham crackers into the gallon sized bag. Seal the bag and use your hands (or a rolling pin) to crush the crackers into fine gains, similar to dry sand.
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Slowly add water to the bag, mixing as you go. Continue to add water, until the mixture is the consistence of wet sand. Using graham cracker sand is perfect for babies, who put everything in their mouths. With this edible sand, there is no need to worry that baby may ingest something harmful. Of course, your baby should still be monitored closely at all times.
After adding the water, fill the small cups with your wet “sand” just as you would a bucket at the beach. Then, turn the cups over to release the castles onto the mat or paper.
Now, of course, is the fun part. Let your sweet baby go to town on that castle. It is all fair game: smashing, smacking, pounding and raking little fingers though the sticky grains of wet cracker crumbs.
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Keep building castles for as long as your baby will allow, which will realistically be about 15-20 minutes. You can store the mixture in the gallon bag and reuse it for up to 3 days. Happy learning!
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