Coming up with activities for my one and three year olds can be a challenge, inevitable Aurora will want to do something that involves a choking hazard or higher levels of hand eye coordination than Grayson possesses. That's why we are all in love with our sensory table, it's fun for all ages and easy on the clean up for me!
The first recipe we made up for it was the good old stand by- flubber. Two ingredients, easy peasy and the kids were off and playing. There are two ways you can make it:
1) Mix 1 cup of glue with 1 cup of liquid starch. (This is what we did, honestly, I don't even measure anymore, just dump and squish until it's the right consistency!)
2) Mix 1 tsp of Borax with 1 cup of warm water, add 1 cup of glue.
Both ways are pretty simple depending on the ingredients you have on hand, we also like to add food coloring, glitter, scents to ours for extra sensory fun!
This is a great activity for the one year old crowd, they enjoy squishing and pulling it picking it up and watching it plop back down, they can hunt for treasures hidden inside of it, roll it in to a ball and wriggle it in to a snake!
Older kids can do all of that as well add a little imagination to the mix. As we were deciding what to put in our bin, Aurora and I came up with a story about how this was alien goo in a lake on Mars. So we added some stars that had fallen from space, some fish to swim in our river of goo and marbles for the fish to eat! She spent the morning making the fish leap out of the pond and have conversations with one another while her alien monster brother stole all of the stars from the sea. I love her creative little stories and am really excited to see what she comes up with next time we play!
*Disclaimer, the flubber does stick to clothing, but it washes out just fine. Other than that, it cleans up off of tile/wood floors and skin really well so even if your little one isn't the neatest, don't be afraid to try this recipe out!
For more sensational sensory ideas, check out my Pinterest board devoted to exploring the senses! Follow Brigette @ Life Lesson Plans's board Kids: Sensory & Small World Bins on Pinterest.