1) Slimey Gel Bag
Things you would need: Hair Gel (clear), Ziploc Bag, Food Coloring
This is very easy to make and a great sensory activity for small children. Simply put hair gel in the ziploc bag and add a little bit of food coloring. Voila! You can hang the bag on a window for them to press their little hands on it and feel the texture of the gel or just let them squeeze the bag. Of course, make sure the bag is closed tightly so they can’t open it. My son loved touching the gel with his bear hands even more so then feeling it in the ziploc bag. But every child is different.
2) Colorful Spaghetti
Things you will need: Cooked Spaghetti, Food Coloring
Separate the cooked spaghetti in a few bowls then add a different food coloring to each container to make a variety of colored spaghetti. It’s also a fun thing to eat especially for children who are on the picky eater side.
3) Glow In The Dark/ Neon Rice
Things you will need: White Rice, Ziploc Bag, Fluorescent Paint, Water (Optional)
Place rice in Ziploc bag. Add about a tablespoon of fluorescent paint. If your paint is really thick, you can add a tablespoon of water to make it more mixable. Depending on the type of fluorescent paint you’re using, you might not need to add water. I noticed when I added water to my fluorescent paint, it made the rice a bit sticky once it’s dried. Then lay to dry on a cookie sheet or something similar. And let the fun begin.
4) Homemade Watercolors
Things you will need: Baking Soda, Food Coloring, Water, Ice Cube Tray or something similar
Fill ice cube tray 3/4 of the way with baking soda. Add a few drops of food coloring to each slot. Add some water to dissolve the baking soda and gently mix. Add more baking soda to reach a thick consistency. Then put ice tray in the fridge or in the freezer for faster results (takes about 3-4 hours to harden). Then you’re all set and ready to start coloring with the little one.
5) Texture Balloons
Things you will need: Balloons, Fillers (Playdough, Rice, Sand, Cornstarch, etc.), Air Power, Funnel
Fill the balloons with air, then let the air out. It makes it easier to fill the balloons. Use the funnel to fill the balloons each with a different filler. The little ones are going to love the feeling of different textures and sensations on their hands while they’re touching and/or squeezing the balloons. This is also a great sensory activity for them.
Written by: Sheiley Ripellino