Soothing Sensory Activity

November 20, 2012
My girls stay stuffed up pretty much all cold and flu season.
Adding eucalyptus into your Winter play is fabulous for opening up the airways and helping kids breath. You can add a touch of this essential oil to your paint, make soothing cloud dough, add a bit to the bath, and so much more. Here I whipped up a batch of Eucalyptus sensory rice for the girls to play with.

Eucalyptus Sensory Rice - great for soothing sick kids
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This rice is very easy to make and really helps clear the girls airways, all while they PLAY!

Eucalyptus Rice Recipe
  • White rice
  • Food coloring or washable watercolors if color is desired (we used green food coloring) 
  • A zip seal bag
  • Eucalyptus essential oil
Add the desired amount of rice to your zip seal bag.  Add food coloring along with a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil and a bit of water.  The water just helps the coloring spread onto the rice.  You want to add enough to saturate the rice without having a lot left over in the bag.  Tightly seal the bag and mix the ingredients well.  Kids love helping with this part.

Once the rice is mixed you can leave it right in the bag to dry.  Just make sure that you leave the bag open.  
That's it!  Several hours later your rice will be dry and ready for play.  Some of the rice might feel hard and gathered but once you squish it in your hand it will all break apart perfectly.  You can give the rice to kids to simply play with like this

Eucalyptus rice recipe- great PLAY for soothing sick kids

Eucalyptus rice recipe

Add a few scoopers and bowls to make it fun

You could also use the rice to make a fun themed sensory bin.  I made a Goodnight Moon sensory bin to go along with one of Rosie's favorite books. We still had everything gathered from when we did a Goodnight Moon Bath, so it was really easy to throw together   The green rice made a prefect great green room.

Goodnight Moon- early learning sensory bin

When we put together the Goodnight Moon bath we raided our toy collection to find objects from the book- kittens from  a wooden puzzle, a toy mouse rattle, a baby doll brush, etc.  I am sure if your raided your own toy collection you could find many of the objects from the book as well.  We also have the Goodnight Moon Felt Figures that we use to bring the book to life on our felt board and used them in the bin.  

We put the sensory bin in our quite corner where Rosie and Jewel have reading and time out time.  We have been reading Goodnight Moon each night before bed while Rosie and Jewel play in the Eucalyptic sensory bin.  It has really been helping clear their airways before bed, and in turn, helping them to sleep better.

If you don't have eucalyptus essential oil you can find at most major department stores, pharmacies, or online here .  The bottle lasts a really long time, making it well worth the investment for the colder months.

Adding a bit of soothing aromatherapy to play is such a simple way to calm and sooth little ones.   We have lots more fun therapeutic activities to share.  Connect with us so you don't miss the fun!

Eucalyptus rice play recipe- great for opening up the airways & soothing sick kids during the colder months

More About the Author

Crystal Underwood is the writer and creator of Growing A Jeweled Rose. She has worked extensively with children and strongly believes in the importance of play at the core of early learning. She is passionate about the early years and believes that childhood should be a truly magical time in life. For all the best kids activities connect with Growing a Jeweled Rose below!