DIY Sensory Play

Last week we brought you some sensory ideas that you could do at home with little mess.  It's therefore only right that we now counter balance that post with a SUPER, MESSY, HOME-MADE sensory post which we think you'll have a tonne of fun with.

All of the ideas here involve non-toxic and are therefore safe for your little ones to play with (some can even be eaten!) but obviously don't take into account allergies so please be careful with all of these activities.

1. Edible finger paint

Pick up some plain yoghurt from the supermarket and some food die.  It's really that simple!  If your baby has a dairy allergy, or has not yet been introduced to dairy, you can use any kind of yogurt you'd like - rice, soy, coconut milk - they all work!  Who knew paint could be so delicious?!  

2. Halloween slime!

Not only topical but perfect for your little ones senses to go into overload! 

What you need:

  • 1 teaspoon Borax powder (Amazon)
  • Half a cup of water
  • 4 oz. (or 1/2 cup) non toxic clear glue (you can use white glue too)
  • Food colouring (Green would be pretty cool if you're creating MONSTER slime!)
  • Glitter (Just because we love glitter)


  • Pour glue into a medium bowl and add half a cup of water
  • Add 4 drops of food colouring to the mixture
  • Add a tonne of glitter… the more the better right?
  • Add the borax powder and watch the mixture solidify 
  • Pour away excess water until it becomes firm and dry
  • ENJOY!!

(For those who would like some more information on Borax, check out this post).


3. Home made playdough!

This home made recipe for playdough is not only safer for your little ones, it's super easy to make time and time again.

What you need:

  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Food colouring (Because it needs to be pretty right?!)


  • Put all of the ingredients in a saucepan and cook on a low heat whilst stirring
  • When the mixture starts to form a dough, remove from heat and start to knead
  • Once kneaded, leave it to cool until it's ready for little hands!


4. Rainbow Spaghetti (Doubles up as dinner!)

They throw it around when you give it to them for dinner anyway so why not make spaghetti more fun?  

What you need:
  • Food colouring (the more colours the better)
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
  • 1 packet of spaghetti 


  • Cook the full batch of spaghetti as per the directions on the packet
  • Put the cooked spaghetti into different containers based on how many different colours you're creating
  • Add a few drops of food colouring to each container and mix
  • Add a little cooking oil to the finished spaghetti to stop it becoming starchy


5. Colourful foam soap

Let us start by saying, definitely DON'T eat this one because it won't taste very nice! 

What you need:

  • Washing up liquid
  • Water
  • Food colouring
  • A LARGE bowl
  • Hand blender/mixer


  • Add the washing up liquid, water and food colouring to the bowl
  • Mix it up with your hand blender

It's really that simple!!  You can mix as you go and decide whether you want more washing up liquid or more water etc.  Some people like bigger peaks than others.  Please note that this does get HUGE when blended so you'll want a big bowl, not your average size cereal dish!


If you're not so keen on DIY sensory play, check out these cool products in our Arts and Crafts cupboard:

Baby Zoo Animal Stamp Set - £4.99

Colour a House - £29.99 (This one will keep your little ones busy for weeks)

Create your own spin art - £5.99

Decorate a Dinosaur - £5.99

If you do manage to do any of these activities, don't forget to share pictures on our Facebook page!  We'd love to see your little ones enjoying these activities!

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