Create some magical, sparkly moon dust sensory writing tray for use in early literacy, mark-making and writing activities! A creative, original and fun way to get kids excited about learning, as well as being a great, Montessori style sensory experience too!
A few months ago we made some pink sensory salt in a mark-making tray, for drawing and writing in. The salt feels so soft and runs so smoothly through the fingers and we fell in love with it as a new sensory material and have been making lots of different types ever since! We used lavender oil to create a calming lavender sensory salt for pre-bedtime wind down which has been enjoyed ever since by both girls.
I lined a Melissa and Doug packaging tray (how many of these do you have in your home?!) with shiny silver card, then spread a thin layer of the moon dust over the top. The dust shouldn’t be too deep or else the finger marks won’t show through to the shiny layer underneath.
If you don’t have one of those trays just pick up a disposable metallic tray at the supermarket which will have the same effect, or use any flat surface which has an edge.
Then she moved on straight away to wanting to practise writing letters, so she wrote all the ones she knew and looked at an alphabet chart on the wall for the ones she couldn’t remember.
She independently sounded out and wrote the word “cat” and then helped herself to a jar of acrylic gem crystals and used them to carefully line up over the letters, making them stand out and look magical!
When we were finished we tipped it into a storage jar for using another day. Since making this we have already made 3 other exciting sensory salt trays, which both girls are loving to use quite regularly. I will share them here soon!
Learning Links: sensory and tactile exploration, mark-making, forming letters, recognising and naming phonemes and graphemes, fine motor finger control
Bean: 8 mos
Pink Sensory Salt Tray
Calming Lavender Sensory Salt
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Emma @mummymummymum says
Lovely idea Anna. My 4 year old would much prefer this to the more girlie salt 🙂
Oooohhh, I love this! Calling it “Moon Dust” makes it feel so magical. I have been saving the tin trays from grocery store take-and-bake pizzas and using them as trays for painting and sensory play. They would make a great tray for moon dust as they are smooth and very shiny.
Luci McQuitty Hindmarsh - mother.wife.me says
Love this! Am going to include it in the BritMums Education Roundup for November, out this Wednesday – 14th Nov.
Amanda Taylor says
I really like this idea. Do you have any suggestions for alternatives to the Melissa & Doug tray?