In Our Tuff Spot: Sand Foam


As you may know, we absolutely love sensory play, I feel like Emily gains so much from doing sensory activities and it is a great way to get her talking. Sand Foam is super easy to make as it requires just two ingredients. Sand foam makes a smooth, but grainy texture, and is great for sensory play. It is very inexpensive and easy to make, we used one tin of shaving foam which we picked up for just 40p.



So how do you make Sand Foam? 
We used mini bags of coloured sand, and a tin of shaving foam to put together this activity. I Simply added 250g of sand, and a tin of shaving foam, to our tuff spot and mixed it to create the fluffy, textured mixture. There is no set amount of sand or shaving foam to add, you can simply add as much or as little of each ingredient to create a consistency you want.


Emily absolutely loved this activity, at first she was a little unsure of the texture, but she soon got used to it. The Sand foam encouraged Emily to manipulate and mould the material. Emily did this by trying to fit handfuls of the Sand foam into various containers and try to pour it out again. I also provided Emily with spoons as she doesn't like to get her hands messy, but over time she put the spoons down and then enjoyed exploring the mixture with her hands. 


Some ideas to further the activity:
1. Add fake pirates treasure to create a hide and seek game.
2. Draw and write in the Sand foam tray, I taught Emily to draw circles and lines in the foam. For older children you could teach your child various letters of the alphabet or their names. 
3. Add items to extend the play, and encourage imaginative play stories. We added dinosaurs to create a sandy dinosaur world. You could also add shells to create a beach scene. 

18 comments

  1. oh gosh this looks like so much fun, even i want to have a go. i would never thought of creating something like this, but my little ones would love it xx

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  2. Oh this looks like so much fun and not as messy and some other activities I can think of, like my nephew deciding to paint the walls himself as my sister went to get him a drink from the fridge oops lol x

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  3. Wow this looks good! Is it easy enough to tidy up afterwards? Was your little one tempted to put in her mouth? Mine wants to put everything in his mouth at the moment!

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  4. Not tried this before - looks like a fab idea for play and something little ones will go crazy for! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Your tuff spot is huge! Would love to have one as big as that, especially since your little one seems to be really enjoying it :)

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  6. This looks like a great way to learn and so much fun :)

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  7. Wow the tuff spot is big! I am glad Emily had a lot of fun playing, its the first time I have heard of this!

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  8. This looks amazing!! Can't believe how cheap it is too!! I've never heard of it. I want to play but my babies are too big!!

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  9. Love this idea! We have a tuff tray and I'm trying to get my son to love things like this more so am going to bookmark this.

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  10. My kids loved sensory play too when they were younger. I enjoyed it too. Lol.

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  11. That looks such fun. Wish I'd done that as a child.

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  12. It looks like a fun way to get messy!

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  13. is it wrong that I want to do this, looks so much fun

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  14. It looks like such a lot of fun and how easy was it to make. We are going to be giving it a go I think

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  15. So much fun! We love our Tuff Spot as well! Best thing we've bought recently ;)

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  16. I've never heard of a Tuff Spot before. Emily looks like she's having an absolute ball :)

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  17. Wow Emily looks like she loves it! There is no way Sophie would have stood in ours. When I reminded her the sand foam was still out she came running and hugged me saying noooo. Haha. I think I will try again but give her spoons like you suggest. X

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  18. This looks AWESOME! Emily's little face says it all. I keep saying I'm going to get a tuff spot for Oscar as I know he'd love doing messy play at home :)

    Louise x

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