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Spa Day for Kids + Sensory Play

We had a rare “all girls” day today. My husband had to work, and the boys were at their dad’s house, so it was just the three girls and me at home. The girls really like pretending to do hair and makeup, getting their nails painted, playing dress up, but we’ve never done a full spa day at home before, so that’s what we planned for our special girls’ day! I purchased the supplies that I didn’t already have on hand at the Dollar Tree, so not only was it a fun, girly day, but it cost less than $10 to do for all three girls. Super affordable and easy, and the girls really enjoyed it!

The supplies I already had on hand:

  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Water beads (If you don’t have these on hand, you can leave them out or purchase from Amazon or the Wish app for a few bucks)
  • Mud mask
  • Nail polish

Supplies I purchased from Dollar Tree:

  • Candles
  • Three large, round buckets
  • Pink silk petals
  • Bath salt
  • Lotion
  • Nail files

Some of the things I purchased at Dollar Tree you may already have on hand, but I loved the spa-like look of the bath salt and lotion they have currently in stock. The “Unicorn Magic” candle is actually very scented (I really love the smell of it!), while the “Mermaid Dreams” candle had almost no scent at all, so it depends on your sensitivity to fragrances on which you might prefer. Both are adorable for only $1 each. If you don’t have a face mask on hand that would be safe for little faces, there are several homemade options you can find on Pinterest! If you have a homemade mask to recommend, feel free to link it in the comments!

The first thing I did was fill the buckets with pre-made water beads, warm water, and a tablespoon of bath salt. For added color and fun, we sprinkled in some pink silk petals.

Next, I set the mood with spa-like music and candles. I found this Hawaiian Spa album on ITunes, but you can also find similar music on Spotify, Pandora, or YouTube.

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While the girls soaked their feet in the warm foot tubs, I applied a small amount of my mud mask to their faces, staying away from their eyes, and encouraged them to sit back and relax!

When they started to become restless, we washed the mud masks off, dried their feet with a towel, and then I rubbed lotion onto their feet for a mini foot massage.

Finally, they each picked their nail polish color(s) while I filed and trimmed their nails, and I painted their toenails. When I paint little nails, I apply very light layers for fast drying, and use a hair dryer on low or cool setting to lessen the time they have to sit still.

When our spa activities were finished, I drained the water from the foot tubs, rinsed the beads and petals with clean water, and added measuring cups and spoons for colorful sensory bin play.Just be warned that these little water beads bounce EVERYWHERE, so there’s probably going to be some cleaning to do afterward. The girls were part of my clean up crew!

We all had so much fun, and I’m sure the girls will request a spa day again soon!

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5 thoughts on “Spa Day for Kids + Sensory Play”

  1. What a fun idea! Love the water beads and petals. I wouldn’t think to put those together. My daughter loves to pretend to do makeup and hair. I will have to do something like this with her.

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    1. It was right up their alley for sure! I’m not sure which they liked more, soaking their feet in it and playing with the beads and petals with their toes, or playing with it afterwards! Both were super fun.

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