When it comes to the holidays, peppermint is one of my favorite scents. Just one whiff and it is an instant magical trip back to the land of Santa and Rudolph and snow. Never fails, like a great glass of hot coco, peppermint will always remind me of this time of year. Because of that when it came time to work on our writing tonight I couldn’t think of any excuse to not make a Peppermint Sensory Writing Tray…tis the season 🙂
Sensory writing trays are an excellent way to make challenging tasks for your child fun! These can be used from basic working on fine motor skills to sight words to even math problems! We love using sensory trays in our home!
Items Needed for a Peppermint Sensory Writing Tray
- Tray (buy here)
- Salt (buy here)
- Red Food Dye (buy here)
- Peppermint Essential Oil (buy here)
- Candy Canes (buy here)
- Paint Brush (buy here)
Directions for the Peppermint Sensory Writing Tray
- Fill your tray with table salt. Be generous in amount.
- Add in a couple drops of red food dye. Mix. Add in more as necessary until you reach your desired color.
- Add in 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil. It does not take much to get a strong smell that is not overwhelming.
And then PLAY! Let kids use their hands, paintbrushes, candy canes, or whatever else inspires them to write. Also be prepared for salt to “splash” out of the tray. We usually play this activity in an area that is easy to sweep.
If you need some inspiration to get you started swing over to our Stamp and Spell activity to get a free printable of 200+ sight words!
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If your family plays with this Peppermint Sensory Writing Tray we would love to see the fun! Tag us on Facebook with @Parenting Chaos or on Instagram with #ParentingChaos!