My daughter shares my love of collecting rocks. During our nature walks, we often find a rock or stone that seems to beckon us to take it home. I love when Sophia can have meaningful connections with nature- especially since we live in a city. In this sensory activity, she used her sense of touch as she compared how some rocks were smooth and slippery while others were rough and bumpy. She really enjoyed talking about the textures of the rocks.
To make a sensory stone activity, gather a tray, some stones and a spray bottle. Although this activity mainly focuses on sight and touch, I included the sense of smell by adding a few drops of sandalwood essential oil to the spray bottle. Adding essential oils is completely optional and is not necessary since the stones have their own subtle earthy scent.
This activity enabled my daughter to explore how the colors of the rocks change when they wet. Plus, using the spray bottle helps to strengthen the hand and finger muscles as well as develop the fine muscles that she will later need for controlling a pencil to write.
Here is a dry stone. We love looking at the colors and feeling the texture.
Here is the same stone after it was sprayed with water. The colors are deeper and texture is much more visible.
Sensory play provides opportunities for children to develop their senses through open-ended exploration. Sophia finished her multisensory stone play by working on her hand-eye coordination as she stacked the rocks so they didn't tip over. As a result, she made beautiful stone sculptures.