A Playdough Kind of Day

Rainy days are great playdough days.  It’s easy to make your own playdough and it smells and feels so much nicer.  You can find my go to recipe for playdough here .

Playdough is not just fun sensory and imaginative play, it’s great for strengthening finger muscles and improving fine motor skills in preparation for writing.

 

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Safe, Edible Slime

Having a 2 year old who likes to taste an array of weird and gross things, I really appreciate sensory play recipes that are safe to ingest.  Though I don’t recommend letting your little one chow down on this slime (plus it doesn’t exactly taste wonderful) if they were to try a sample, it won’t hurt them.

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This slime is just so fun to play with.  It’s gooey, slimy, shiny, squishy, stretchy, wiggly, bouncy and it doesn’t stick to your hands so the mess is limited (bonus!)  And, you only need 2 ingredients!

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What you’ll need:

1 tbsp Metamucil

1 cup Water

Food colouring (optional)

Mix the above ingredients in a large microwavable bowl (larger than you think you’ll need).  Put it in the microwave on high for 5 mins.  It should boil over the top of the bowl.  Remove and let cool slightly.  It should be gel like.  If needed microwave for another 3-5 mins.  Dump onto a surface to cool – careful, it’s really hot!  Once cool to touch, it’s time to play!

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This kept my daycare kids entertained for an hour!  A whole hour, it was amazing.  We put it in a ziplock bag after for them to take home.

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Foaming Snowman

I must say, if you’re a mom, always keep a big jar of vinegar and box of baking soda in your cupboard.  You can keep your children entertained for a long time with it.  The Fizzing Fun activity I wrote about is still a favourite with my kids.  One daycare child told me it was the best thing ever!

I love the blog Fun at Home with the Kids .  She has so many great sensory play idea.  We tried out this foaming snowman one.  

My 5 year old daycare child LOVED it.  Pumpkin 1 had great fun building a snowman, but she was not happy to have it melt away.  In fact she cried and cried.  So I let her just have fun building snowmen.  The chemical reaction of the baking soda and vinegar makes the liquid feel cold, like snow.

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To make a fizzing dough you need:

Baking Soda
Dish Soap
Salt
Vinegar
Waterproof accessories (we used what we had, gems, a paperclip for arms, and I made the nose and hat out of foam)
In a bowl or other container, measure out two cups of baking soda and add 2 Tablespoons of salt.  Mix thoroughly.  The dough should look crumbly.  Next add 8 Tablespoons of water.  If your dough will form a ball, you’re all set.  If it’s still too dry and crumbly add water 1 Tablespoon at a time until you have a dough that molds into a ball.  It will not feel like playdough – it’s more smooshy and crumbly than that.  But it should form into and hold a ball.
Make and decorate your snowman and once you’re ready to transform him into a mound of icy cold foam, add your vinegar!  It works best (i.e. creates the most foam) if you add a lot of vinegar at once.  A squeezy bottle works best, but if you don’t have one of those, pouring a cup filled with vinegar on him will also create a foamy explosion!