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Get Adaptive: Calming Sensory Play

Create an Epsom salt tray that will can help your kids wind down, relax, or calm angry feelings

Sometimes children need a little help when extreme emotions are hard to control. Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation staff provides three easy steps to create an Epsom salt tray that will can help your kids wind down, relax, or calm angry feelings.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 cup of Epsom salts
  • 1 drop of stress-relieving essential oil or lavender essential oil
  • Tray or bin
  • Glass gems
  • 1 paintbrush
  • Small toys

Now that you have the materials needed, follow these easy steps to putting your calming sensory tray together.

Step 1: Stir the Epsom salts and essential oil together with a fork
Step 2: Pour the mixture into a tray
Step 3: Add the gems and small toys on top of the mixture
Step 4: Have your child use the paintbrush to brush the salt around the bin and push the toys or gems around the bin. This will activate the calming oil scents and help calm nerves the longer they play.

Looking for more activities? Check out Hillsborough County Public Library's Library @ Home and Summer Reading Challenge.