10 Sensory Craft projects for Kids

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Ive been looking for some sensory crafts that we can try with my little one. We have already tried the cloud dough that i posted earlier here and although it was messy it did open a new world of fun that both me and her could enjoy.

So im eager to try more and here are a selction of sensory projects that i came across while on my travels that i thought i would share with you. Id love to know what you think and which ones you have already tried.

1. Sensory Art with Shaving Cream and Food Colouring


2. Exploding paint

To me even as an adult this looks fun to do!

Vinegar Baking Soda Preschool Science ~ 3 fun ways to learn and play with Fizzing Paint

 

3. Discovery bottles

4. Sensory Art Play: Colorful Gelatin Castles

Gelatin castles for sensory and art play

5. Sensory Bins

sensory bin goodies

6. Colouring Rice

7. Dying Pasta

colored pasta for preschool craft pasta necklaces

8. Sensory Bags

sensory bags

9. Slime!

There is just something about the kid in me that just wants to make this!

touch edible slime

and lets end with a bounce with Bouncy balls (sorry for the pun!)

homemade bouncy balls

 

 

Sensory Bags for kids using laminating pouches!

Ive seen sensory bags being made before and ive thought they are brilliant, ive still yet to do any, just trying to find the time at the moment but ive come across this website hannahshotchpotch.com which explains this fully.

Making sensory bags but using laminating pouches so these can be sealed with a hot iron or in this post hair straighteners, what an easy idea plus I have load of laminating pouches that aren’t being used. Im really going to have a go at this on the weekend. Please be careful though if trying this, keep hot things away from little hands!

 

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Instead of using ziplock bags I used a nifty trick suggested on a childminding forum I belong to…laminator pouches sealed on three sides using straightners (not to be done with kids around!)  I then filled them with the desired mediums before sealing the last open side again with the straightners.  I will say at this point I used A4 size laminator pockets and I think next time I will use A5 size pouches as they will be more manageable.

 

The first two bags I filled with cheap blue hair gel and letters and number sequins.  I thought this would be great to use with bean and one of my preschool mindees for number and letter recognition.  After using in childminding group today I came away with some further ideas about using these.  The gel inside allows for easy mark making and also we discussed that if they were cooled in the fridge this would add another dimension to the sensory play.

sensory bags kiddy crafty

The second two were filled with shaving foam and food colouring – the bags give a slightly softer feel than the gel, and the white of the shaving foam dilutes the colour to give more of a pastel hue.  This led me onto an idea for a future activity with the little ones of mixing colours in the shaving foam to introduce the concept of colour mixing.

sensory bags kiddy crafty

 

The final two bags were filled with the following recipe for goo, from hellobee.  It was great to make and is another addition to future resources, I am very tempted to use it without the bags for messy sensory play.

sensory bags kiddy crafty

Recipe for goo:

1 cup of cornflour

1/3cup sugar

4 cups cold water

food colouring

Add the cornflour, sugar and water to a medium pan (it does expand when cooking)

Heat over a medium heat whisking frequently.   The mixture will begin to thicken and solidify, and as is ready when it turns more translucent.

Allow to cool and mix in the food colouring.  use to fill bags or as on its own for messy play.

Find the rest of the instructions here.