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
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
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.
Uncooked white rice
Large Ziploc bags
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
Mix it all together.
Do you know any great sensory activities? Share them in the comment section! 🙂