DIY Rainbow Sensory Recipes Melbourne
The Sensory Specialist loves all things Sensory Play - These are some of our favourite recipes you can make with things at home.
Below are a few of our favourite, quick and easy DIY activities you can make at home! Most importantly, these recipes use non-toxic ingredient pantry items, making them safe for little mouths.
Home made Play Dough Recipe
In a bowl, combine:
- 1 1/2 cups of Plain Flour
- 2 Tbs Vegetable Oil
- 2 Tbs Cream of Tartar
- 1/2 cup of Salt
Add several drops of food colouring to 1 cup of boiling water. To add an extra sensory element, consider adding a few drops of an essential oil such as mandarin or peppermint to the mix to give the play dough a scent.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients, and knead together until it's a smooth play dough consistency.
Expert tip - For long lasting storage - add a splash of vegetable oil to the play dough and store it in a zip lock bag.
Rainbow Rice Recipe
Rainbow rice is a great sensory play texture as it can be poured and scooped and is a super cheap ingredient. Store your Rainbow rice in a sealed container and keep using it again and again!
- Place rice in a snap lock bag with several drops of food dye and a splash of water
- Shake until the rice is completed covered in dye
- Spread out onto an oven tray and let it air dry (approx 20 mins)
- Repeat the process for each different colour
Rainbow Sensory Spaghetti
Coloured spaghetti not only looks fun and is slimy to touch, but it can be played with in a number of ways. Practice cutting skills by cutting the pasta with scissors, role play a Cafe scenario, or just get your hands messy with it in a tub.
- Cook pasta till al dente
- Rinse with water
- Place pasta in a snap lock bag with several drops of food dye and 1/2 Tsp of water.
- Mix until the pasta is all coloured.
- In a colander, rinse off residue dye (this stops dye from staining hands!)
- Place on paper towel to absorb the moisture
- Repeat for each colour
Rainbow Sensory Ice
The perfect solution for some messy sensory play in the backyard.
- In an ice cube tray, add one drop of food colouring to each section (use a variety of different colours to get rainbow ice)
- Fill the remaining ice cube tray with water
- Freeze in the freezer until set
- Empty your ice cubs onto a play table, water table or play tub
- Let your little one have fun with exploration play!
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