Sensory Play Recipes

Play is a vital tool in helping children to learn; and most youngsters love using their imagination and getting their hands dirty by creating things out of sand, paint and glue.

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Mix all the ingredients together and stir over a low heat. The dough will begin to thicken and resemble mashed potato. When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the centre, remove the pan from the heat and allow the dough to cool. If the dough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer. Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry.

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Pour all the glue into a mixing bowl, add water and stir together. Add 6 drops of food coloring to the mixture, then add the liquid starch and stir in. As the slime gets molded and manipulated, it will become increasingly stretchy. Once your slime reaches its consistency, its ready to go.

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Pour the sand and flour into a mixing bowl and stir until combined. While stirring, pour in the vegetable oil until the mixture turns to a crumbly pastry consistency. The mixture should feel slightly damp, but not wet, and you should be able to form a ball with it. you can also add a tablespoon of colored powder pain into the sand and flour if you would like to add a splash of color to your moon paint.

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Add the washing up liquid, food coloring and water into a bowl. Next, use an electric mixer on the highest possible setting for 1-2 minutes. Your foam should be able to form stiff peaks that hold their shape. Scoop it out into your container and repeat as necessary until you have the desired amount of foam.

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Put the milk in a pan and heat it on the stove until it curdles. This happens when the milk begins to form lumps. Next slowly pour off the runny liquid and place the lumps in a jar along with vinegar. After letting it stand for an hour, you’ll notice the milk has turned into rubber. Finally, you can shape the lump into a ball or some other simple shapes, Try adding a few drops of food coloring to give it a colorful edge.

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In a large bowl, combine the salt and the flour. Once mixed, make a well in the dough and add the water. Knead until smooth and shape into a ball. When not in use, wrap in plastic or store in an airtight container.

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Cover one end of the toilet paper tube with duct tape and cut a piece of waxed paper to a size of roughly 6×6 inches. Roll up the waxed paper and loosely insert it into the tube to create a lining. This lining will keep the chalk mixture from sticking to the cardboard and will eventually be peeled off. Pour the warm water int other container and sprinkle the Plaster of Paris over the water while stirring with a plaster spoon. It will begin to harden within 20-30 minutes, so you’ll need to work quickly. Next, pour the tempura paint into the plaster of paris mixture and stir until it is mixed thoroughly. with the tape side down, stand each tube on the flat baking dish for easy transportation. Pour the colored plaster of Paris mixture into the waxed paper lined tubes and lightly tap the sides of the tubes to release all of the bubble. Repeat this process using different paint colors to create a variety of colored chalk. Wait 3 days for the chalk to harden, then peel off the duct tape so that the underside can dry. When the chalk is dry, peel off the paper tubes and waxed paper.

We use these recipes in our classrooms, and the kids love them! Happy Playtime 🙂