Kids of all ages enjoy and benefit from using their senses when they play — touching, smelling, hearing, seeing and tasting (when appropriate). Sensory activities help kids investigate, explore and adapt.
While not edible, these ideas provide a creative way to learn and use the senses, all while playing and having fun!
Homemade modeling dough
Modeling dough is easy to make at home and can be customized in any colors your kids want. This dough can be made in a cooked version for best texture or an uncooked version if you want small kids to be able to participate in each step without concerns about the stovetop. Don’t let anyone tell you they’re too old for this — even older children and grown ups enjoy playing with modeling dough or clay!
Flubber, Gak, Glurch
Whatever you call it, this recipe creates a totally different, slimy alternative to modeling dough. Equally versatile and fun, the recipe is nearly fool-proof and can be created in any color. It does contain Borax, so be sure to have adult supervision, especially for young children.
This one is a magnetic version of the above Flubber recipe. Iron filings (or iron oxide powder) added to the slime bring it to life — making it even more fun to manipulate and watch as it moves on its own. A neodymium magnet works best, either discs or a cylinder. A typical household magnet will probably not be strong enough to make the magnetic slime react.
Another version of the glue and borax mixture, this jelly slime uses clear glue and powdered, flavored gelatin for a transparent, gelatinous substance that has vivid colors and smells amazing.
Don’t be afraid to get your hands messy and enjoy some creative play with your kids of any age. We suspect you’ll have some fun of your own!