Are you looking for some fun sensory crafts for your little ones? Sensory activities are important for early learning development since they teach children about the world around them through their senses. Children under the age of 3 love sensory activities, they are even an excellent teaching tool for children with developmental delays. Sensory activities and crafts span many different levels and can be used to teach, comfort, or interact with your kids.
One great sensory activity is the use of playdough. Playdough can be molded, shaped, smelled, and squished. It is also incredibly simple to make.
What You Will Need:
2 cups baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
1 cup corn flour (corn starch / mazina)
1.5 cups water
1 Table Spoon vegetable Oil
Red Food Coloring
1 Tablespoon cinnamon + 1 Tablespoon All spice (cake spice / Christmas spice)
What You will do:
- Add all the ingredients to a pot.
- If you would like to add food coloring – add it to the water before you start cooking – it is so much easier this way – rather than kneading in at the end!
- Stir well before cooking. The corn flour will initially be hard to stir, but it will all come together and turn into a runny liquid.
- Put it onto the stove and cook until it turns into a thick mush – and becomes really hard to stir.
- It will still be a little more sticky than the play dough will end up once it is cooled and kneaded.
- Set aside for a few minutes and knead when cool enough to touch.
- At this point if you would like to add an apple pie scent – then add in the spice and knead further.
Now you can add cookie cutters, rollers, pipe cleaners, and other items that can be poked through, stuck in, or will cut in to the dough to let your kids explore the ways in which the dough can be used. Enjoy!