Sensory Play


Here is where you will find easy sensory play recipes and ideas, using ingredients you can find in your cupboards. These are all tried and tested by us and have brought the children hours of entertainment.

Fairy dough

You will need:

1 cup hair conditioner (fragranced conditioner makes the dough smell great too)

2 cups cornflour

Method:

Add ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir together with a spoon until combined. No need to worry about the size of your cup as long as the ratios are correct. You can also add glitter or food colouring for different textures. Have fun!

Cloud dough

You will need:

4 cups plain flour

1 cup oil (this can be baby, vegetable or sunflower oil)

Method:

Add ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir together with a spoon until combined. Similarly to the fairy dough, the size of the cup does not matter as long as the ratios are right. Again you can add food colouring or a drop of vanilla or peppermint essence if you wish. Enjoy!

Ice

So simple, but so effective. Freeze some water in a container of any kind; silicon moulds work really well as it is easier to remove the frozen block, however, anything you can find in your cupboards will work too. You can add food colouring or small toys such as plastic animals, cars, Lego etc to the water as treasure to find as it melts. Encourage children to use their hands, sponges, flannels or spoons to help the ice melt. Happy freezing!

Cornflour Gloop

You will need:

3 cups cornflour

1 1/2 cups water

Food colouring (optional)

Method:

Place the cornflour in a large bowl or tray. Gradually add the water whilst stirring the mixture together. If the mixture becomes too runny, add a small amount of the cornflour to get a good consistency. The gloop will run fluidly off of the children’s hands, tools etc, but will act more as a solid when they scoop it up with a spoon. You can add food colouring to the gloop if you choose. This gloop is really easy to clean up with a damp cloth so do not worry too much if your little ones make a mess.

Play dough

You will need:

2 cups plain flour

1 cup salt

2 cups water

1 tablespoon oil

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

Food colouring (optional)

Method:

Combine the dry ingredients in a large saucepan, slowly add the water whilst stirring the mixture. Add the oil and continue to mix to get rid of any lumps. If using food colouring, add now until you get the desired colour, note that the play dough will darken as it cooks. Once you are happy with the consistency place the saucepan on a medium heat, continue to stir to prevent the dough from sticking. After a few minutes the mixture will start to resemble a dough, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute. Once cool the dough is ready to play with, keep it in an air tight container to play with again and again.

Edible finger paint

You will need:

Yoghurt (use any type of yoghurt from the large pots of natural yoghurt to the small pots of fromage frais)

Food colouring

Method:

Place your chosen yoghurt in a medium sized bowl (if making more than one colour divide your yoghurt in to small bowls) Add a small drop of food colouring to the yoghurt and mix together. Enjoy getting creative using either paint brushes or your fingers. Happy painting.

Spaghetti

This is a great way to occupy little hands for a while in the simplest of ways. All you need is some uncooked spaghetti and water. Place some of the pasta in a pan of boiling water to cook and leave some uncooked so there is a variety of textures. Once the spaghetti is cooked and cooled, add them both together and let your little ones enjoy the feel of the slimy spaghetti, as well as the crunch and snap of the uncooked pasta. Have fun.

Salt dough

You will need:

500g plain flour

250g salt

250ml water

Method:

Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl, until it forms a dough. Roll out on a lightly floured surface then cut in to shapes or make hand prints. Bake in the oven on the lowest heat for 3-4 hours. Once it is cooked you can decorate them however you wish. it is recommended that you varnish your finished salt dough to seal it. Have fun.

Easter recipes

Here are a few Easter inspired recipes to keep you going over the Bank Holiday weekend. Happy Easter.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/shredded-wheat-nests

https://www.mydish.co.uk/recipe/3356/easter-mini-cakes

http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/7061/easter-biscuits.aspx

Fruit and veg bug snacks

Looking for a fun way to get your children to eat more fruit and veg? These adorable edible bugs are fun to make and taste great. There is no right or wrong way to do these but here are a few ingredients to get you started;

Cucumber

Cherry tomatoes

Celery

Grapes

Apple

Strawberries

Chocolate chips

Blueberries

Peanut butter

Cream cheese

Yoga positions for children

Click here to view a selection of yoga positions ideal for children. This is a great way to relax and wind down after a busy day and especially handy when you can’t get out in to the garden. Enjoy.

Cornflour paint

https://www.facebook.com/mothercould/videos/244491613583224/

Porridge oat play dough

Bubble experiment

Watch Jane perform the bubble experiment, showing you what you need and how to make the many bubbles, then give it a go yourself. Have fun!