Almost every kid loves to bury his hands in a sensory table filled with dried beans or rice. Some kids will do it for hours if you let them. Embrace your child’s need to explore and create some simple — but awesome, sensory experiences.
There may be a catchier name for this dough, but really, it’s just conditioner and cornstarch. And it’s amazing! The dough is lightweight, smooth, super pliable and it smells like hair conditioner. Simply mix one part hair conditioner with two parts cornstarch — that’s it!
Moon sand is the current trend in preschool classrooms right now and for good reason. It’s soft and holds its shape when packed together — the perfect medium for building sand castles. Mix eight cups of flour with one cup of baby oil. If you don’t have a sensory table, find a large shallow storage container instead. The plastic “under the bed” storage bins are the perfect alternative to an expensive sensory table. Consider placing a sheet on the floor underneath the bin for easy clean up.
This paint is thick, puffy and retains its shape when it dries. It makes an excellent snow scene or snowman picture. Mix equal parts shaving cream and white glue. Add food coloring or glitter if desired. Let your child glob the paint onto construction paper — the thicker the better. When the masterpiece is dry, it will be smooth, hard and very touchable.
Fluff is another two ingredient wonder. Mix about equal parts cornstarch and shaving cream (you may need to adjust the ratio based on your preference and thickness of shaving cream). The result is light fluffy “stuff.” At our house we add food coloring and lavender essential oil to the fluffy stuff. Now it’s the perfect substance to quietly explore before bedtime. I turn down the lights and turn on soft music to hasten the effect. Sweet dreams!