As I mentioned in my last post, I really wanted to capitalize on this dinosaur kick LittleMan is on and create a dinosaur themed sensory writing tray, much like the fairy and mermaid writing trays I had seen on Pinterest. Today, I finally found the motivation to put it together.
The first hurdle was that I didn’t want to purchase a new container, but I didn’t have very many options. Most everything in the house that is shallow is also small, containers with more room to write had too high of walls. Then I remembered I had an old, beat up wooden 12×12 shadow box in the closet that wasn’t being used for anything. I took out the glass and lined the inside with a piece of scrapbook paper, green with leaf patterns.
Then I had to figure out what to use as sand. We didn’t have actual sand, and I was hoping for something that smelled appealing. In the end I went with a mixture of 1 part cocoa powder and 3 (almost 4) parts salt. It was grainy and gave the desired texture for writing, plus it smelled like chocolate.
I’ve used similar colored sand (made from chalk and salt) in the past so I knew this had the potential to get messy. To be safe I laid a towel on the table under the tray so LittleMan had a place to wipe his hands.
Once I had the base set up, I added the theme elements. Toy dinosaurs, pebbles, and plastic foliage.
All in all, I think it went well. Even SunnyGirl got in on the fun.
I’m wondering what sort of theme trays I could make in the future. Perhaps a Star Wars sensory writing tray?
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