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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

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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

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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

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Ingredients:

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)

Directions:

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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Ingredients:

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.

Directions:

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)

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Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

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Ingredients:

1 Cup Cornstarch

Approx. 1/4 cup Dish soap

Directions:

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

 

 

Super Slime AKA Flubber

This just may have been my best batch of Flubber yet!

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Flubber is a great sensory material for kids!  For me it has always been a hit or miss when making it.  Sometime it comes out perfect, other times it is just a hard flaky ball.  I think I finally figured out the secret. when pouring in the borax mixture (recipe below, step 4) you must not only add very slowly, but pick up the ball that is forming and add mixture only to the liquid that is left NOT the already formed ball!  Try a batch today and let me know if you have any questions!

Flubber Recipe:
1. Mix 2 cups water and 1 cup glue in a big bowl.
2. Add a squirt of liquid water color and then stir it up.
3. In a separate small bowl mix together: 2 cups water and 4 TBS Borax.
4.  After it’s completely dissolved, pour the Borax mixture slowly and a little at a time into the glue and water mixture. Pour a little, mix it a little, pour a little, mix a little. Mix with your hands or a sturdy wooden spoon. As you mix, it will become a flubber ball!
NOTE: You might NOT need to use all of this Borax and water solution!!!!!

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