Category: Science and Sensory (page 1 of 2)

Sensory Sunday: No Cook Play Dough

Sensory Sunday, Play Dough, Recipe, No CookMy go to recipe for No Cook Play Dough, although I tend to not follow the recipe and just add ingredients until I get the right consistency.  Since it is not cooked the kids can help out during all steps and really like the mixing and kneading!  Try it out and let me know what you think

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Sensory Sunday: Cooked Play Dough

Sensory Play, recipe, Preschool, ECE

Cooked play dough comes out a bit softer than uncooked play dough.  You may want to pick up a cheap thrift store pan for cooking your play dough so you don’t ruin a kitchen pan.

Cooked Play Dough

3 cups flour 1 cup salt 6 teaspoons cream of tartar 3 cups water 3 tablespoons vegetable oil Food coloring

Mix flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a large saucepan. Blend water and oil together in a bowl. Add to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens. Add several drops of food coloring or liquid watercolors until you get the right color. Cook for about five minutes. Take the play dough out of the saucepan and put it on a cutting board or counter and knead for a few minutes. Add flour if it’s too sticky.  Be very careful when kneading as it will be very hot!

Sensory Sunday: Edible Finger Paint

Sensory Play, recipe, Preschool, ECEEdible Finger Paint


  • Light corn syrup

  • Food coloring drops in various colors

Put 2 tablespoons of the light corn syrup into a shallow bowl and mix with 5 to 10 drops of food coloring depending on the desired color intensity. Use thick construction paper or cardstock or even just a tray or plate. Remember its all about the process or the experience.  This is not one that you want to hang on the wall, the corn syrup WILL attract ants! Safe for  all ages.


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Sensory Sunday: Gooey Goop

Sensory Play, recipe, Preschool, ECE


My go to recipe for sensory fun!  Another 2 ingredient recipe for you to try.  If you haven’t done this yet get ready for some fun.  This can be used with infants!  The picture above is not goop

Gooey Goop

1/2 cup water
2 cups cornstarch
Food coloring

In a large bowl or sensory tub, mix together water and cornstarch until smooth. Add food coloring to water if you would like.  Try adding different objects to the tub, spoons and cups and plastic animals are some of my favorites.  The first few times I would suggest adding no items and letting children explore the goop just with their hands.  A great science learning experience with a non newtonian fluid, one that holds the properties of a liquid and a solid

Any fun quotes come from your sensory play?  Let us know below!


Sensory Sunday: Homemade Silly Putty



One of the simplest sensory recipes I know!  Best part is it always comes out good. Easy to make with just two ingredients.  Try it with clear glue for a little something different.  Add some color to the liquid starch if you would like, my favorite is Liquid Water Color a washable alternative to food coloring.

Homemade Silly Putty

2 cups white school glue
1 cup liquid starch

Mix together. Store in an airtight container. Simple as that!

How did it work for you?  Let us know below



Sensational Sensory Recipes

Last week I spent the morning prepping for class by making several different play dough’s to share with my students.  Below are some pictures and recipes

1.  Slime






One of the most simple ones!  Only 2 ingredients,  equal parts Liquid Starch and White or Clear School Glue.  You can also add some liquid water color. It starts off a little stringy, let it sit for a little while and then you will get some great slime!  This doesn’t need to be refrigerated, but can be used over and over for several days as long as you place it in an airtight container.

2.  Skin Therapy Play Dough AKA Oatmeal Goodness




1 Cup (plus a few TBSP) All Purpose Flour

1 Cup Water

2 Cups Quick Oats

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil or Olive Oil

1 tsp Vanilla (opt)

1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (opt)


Mix 1 cup flour, quick oats, cocoa powder and vanilla.  Add water and stir until the play dough forms a ball.  Knead in the coconut oil one tablespoon at a time.  If play dough is too sticky add flour a tablespoon at a time to reach desired consistency.  Knead for 3-4 minutes.  Store in the fridge in an airtight container.

3. Super Soft No Flour Play dough

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2 Cups Baking Soda (1 box)

1 Cup Cornstarch

1 1/2 Cups Water

Color–Paint or liquid water color

Scents-Vanilla, Orange, Lemon, etc.


Add scent and color to water.  Combine baking soda and cornstarch in pot, then add water to powdered mixture.  Cook on medium heat until a ball of dough forms.  Stir constantly, this part takes a little while.  Once the dough has formed you can dump out the ball onto a cutting board and let cool.  Once it is cool enough knead.  Store in airtight container.

4. Spice Play Dough (in the middle)



5/8 Cups Flour

1/8 Cup Spice (we did cinnamon)

1/8 Cup Salt

1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tarter

1/4 Cup plus 2 teaspoons Boiling Water

2 teaspoons Canola or Vegetable Oil


Mix all dry ingredients before adding wet.  Stir to combine well.  When cool enough, knead with hands until smooth.

5. Whole Wheat Flour Dough (the red one above)

3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

1/8 Cup Salt

1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

1/4 Cup Boiling Water (add color if wanted)

2 teaspoons Canola or Vegetable Oil

Follow directions for Spice Play Dough above.

6. Bubble Dough



1 Cup Cornstarch

Approx. 1/4 cup Dish soap


Add soap slowly while mashing together until you get a nice consistency.



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