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Great Sensory Activities For Kids

I sit on the planning committee for the Children’s Festival in my small town and this year, I’m in charge of the sensory station.  I have a lot of different activities lined up and I thought I would share some of my favourites. These are affordable, fun and easy. Try a few and tell me what you think!

 KOOL-AID PLAYDOUGH – Who doesn’t like playdough?

3 cups flour

½ cup salt

1 tbsp. Alum

2 pkg. Colorful kool-aid

Stir above ingredients

Add 2 cups of boiled water

DO NOT STIR YET!

Add 3 tbsp. of oil

Mix together

Add ¼ to ½ cup more flour

Should not be sticky

(Will keep in fridge for long period of time)

FLUBBER – This stuff has such a neat texture. It’s so much fun to play with.

1 cup of white glue (8oz.)

1 cup warm water

Food coloring

Mix together with a fork

In a separate bowl dissolve 1½ tbsp. borax (laundry soap) with 1 cup of warm water

Pour together and stir constantly with a fork

After a glob forms, knead with your hands

Drain off any excess water

QUICK SAND If you get really ambitious, you can fill a  small pool!

Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucd8xuqp3g8&feature=related

MAGIC MILK AND SOAP TRICK ­­ Just watch what happens 🙂

Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmxhH7QMnJ8&feature=related

COLORED RICE Great for arts and crafts or to play in with a pail and shovel.

 Food coloring

Uncooked white rice

Large Ziploc bags

Water

Pour as much rice as desired in to a Ziploc bag

Add 1 tbsp of water and about 10 drops of food coloring

Knead the outside of the bag to spread the dye.

If you find it isn’t spreading well, add a bit more food coloring or water.

Leave the bag open for the rice to dry out.

To speed up the drying process, spread the rice out on a baking sheet.

Make bags of different colors and mix them together to make rainbow rice

Cloud Dough ­– Silky, mouldable sand that’s great for making sand castles.

7 cups of flour

1 cup of vegetable or baby oil

Glitter (optional)

Mix it all together.

Do you know any great sensory activities? Share them in the comment section! 🙂

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