EC often finds falling asleep difficult. He lies there, sometimes for hours, trying to drift off. Which, obviously, gets very frustrating for him. We have tried everything to help him. Audiobooks, massages, calming music, meditation, you name it, we have tried it all. Then I was reading something about how calming sensory trays can be for children who are overly excited and/or tired. It happened to coincide with me having a kinetic sand tray out for BB. EC was playing with it before bed, but ended up with the sand all over his carpet. Not wanting him to worry about having to clean it up before bed, I changed it for a Zen garden. This was the sand isn’t malleable, therefore less likely to be spread across the floor.

Make sure you follow my sensory board on Pinterest for more ideas. Don’t forget to save the pin for later.

To make your own Zen garden you will need:

I found this tray at Ikea in the kitchen section! It is fabulous and long, making not only great for this Zen garden, but also for writing activities in sand.

To set up I filled the bottom up with a decent amount of sand, but too much that would make it spill over the sides. Then places some stones of different sizes in it.

I left it for EC on his desk. When I came back from Beavers with YC, I found him sitting at his desk playing with it while listening to his audiobooks.

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EC’s Zen garden this morning.

I asked him in the morning if it helped at all. He said it did help to calm and still his thoughts. Fingers crossed that his Zen garden will help. Of course, YC wants one now. Well back to Ikea I go.

If you liked this Zen garden be sure to check out my calming bottles and taste safe snow dough.

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Help little ones calm their minds before bed with this zen garden for kids.

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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