Chances are that if you have gone to a Children’s Museum or taken a Parent-Child class you probably have experienced a variety of sensory table activities. Chances are that they did not spent vast amounts of money on purchasing these products that easily find their way on to the floor and are swept away to the trash. They probably made them. Today, I am going to share with you some fun recipes to make at home that normally cost quite a bit at a small fraction of the cost.
A 5 pound container of white moon sand will set you back $20, but a 5-pound bag of flour and some dollar store baby oil will cost you under $3, maybe even just $2 if you buy flour when it goes on sale for 99-cents (which is what I frequently see as a sale price when it is a loss leader.)
Moon Sand Recipe
8 C bleached white flour
1 C baby oil
- Mix flour and baby oil (I have read recipes that use vegetable oil if you don’t have baby oil) together in a bowl or container large enough to allow you to stir the mixture.
- Play and have fun!
Last year I bought my daughter this Crayola Model Magic Jewelry Studio for half off as a Black Friday special. Itseemed like a great deal and she had lots of fun with it until she ran out of model magic that came with the set and I saw how much it cost to buy new Model Magic clay. My great deal wasn’t such a great deal anymore. So, instead of spending $20 to buy new Model Magic I went in search of a recipe to make my own, which cost $2 with store brand products for about the same quantity.
Model Magic Recipe
1 C corn starch
1 1/2 c cold water
food coloring, optional
- Mix baking soda and corn starch together in a 2Qt. pot
- Stir food coloring in to water, if desired
- Stir in cold water in to baking soda mixture until smooth
- Heat mixture in pan over medium heat until it boils
- Continue stirring while it cooks until the consistency is that of mashed potatoes
- Pour the mixture in a heat-safe bowl and allow to cool
- Place a damp kitchen towel over the top while it cools to prevent it was hardening
- After cooled, knead dough using corn starch to keep it from sticking to the table and to make it more pliable
If you are looking for other ideas for sensory activities and art supplies, try out some of these:
Do you have any homemade sensory or art supplies you like to make for your kids? Please share!
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