Sensory Recipes

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Jul 31, 2009   Category: Resources  

Children of all ages benefit from sensory exploration activities. The following activities are beneficial for children who are seeking tactile input, as well as for those who tend to resist “messy play”.

Space Goop

– 1 cup cornstarch
– 1/3 cup water
– 5 to 7 drops food coloring (optional)

Mix water and food coloring together. Slowly add cornstarch. Do not stir. Let the mixture stand for several minutes. Pick up a handful of the goop and squeeze it until it forms a hard ball. Open your hand and the goop will turn from a solid ball back into a liquid.


Solution A:
– 1 ½ cups warm water
– 2 cups of Elmer’s white glue
– Food coloring
– Mix together

Solution B:
– 4 teaspoons Borax laundry soap
– 1 1/3 cups of warm water
– Mix together until dissolved

Pour Solution A into Solution B. Do not stir the mixture; lift the flubber and squeeze it until it is well-mixed. Keep in a sealed container for long-lasting fun! Please note: Do not eat! Use caution when playing on carpet.

Kool-Aid Playdough

– 2 ½ cups flour
– 2 pkgs. dry Kool-Aid
– ½ cup salt
– 3 Tbsp. cooking oil
– 2 cups boiling water

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add liquid ingredients and mix. Playdough will be sticky at first, but should become more elastic as it cools. When mixture begins to form ball while mixing, take and knead with hands until smooth.

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