A fun super sensory activity! Smells wonderful and combines lots of lovely crumbly and cool textures.
Use different food colouring or essential oils to make different smelling bath bombs, and if you are worried about staining your skin (though it will wash off) you can wear gloves or omit the colour entirely. Note: wearing gloves will mean you won’t get to feel the texture as well!
This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.
Who is this for?
This is a crafting activity for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities.
Why does this make a difference?
This is a creative and sensory activity that helps people learn by engaging with nature and using their senses to connect with their surroundings, exploring touch and different textures while supporting independent choice.
How to do this activity
What you’ll need
- Mixing bowl
- Small bowl
- Spray bottle of water (helps control the amount of water- you could use a teaspoon but its hard to limit the amount this way)
- Silicone ice cube tray or similar
- ½ cup of citric acid
- 1 cup bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tablespoon of oil (options are: melted coconut oil, sweet almond, jojoba, olive oil or other)
- Essential oil of choice
- Food colouring (optional)
- Dried flowers or similar (optional)
- You can store them in an airtight container indefinitely, but over time the essential oils will degrade and eventually stop smelling.
- You can wrap them to gift them, just make sure they don’t get wet otherwise they will start to fizz!
- To use, pop one or two (or more!) into your bath when you are running it and watch them fizz! Make sure the water is not too hot before getting in.
- Alternatively, find a flat bottomed bowl, fill with warm water and pop a bath bomb in for a scented foot soak.