Play Ideas



1/2 cup of washing up liquid
5 cups water
2 tablespoons glycerine
1 teaspoon sugar
put in microwave for 10 secs before use for better bubbles

unusual bubble blowers

funnels, plastic tubing, rope tied in a hoop, tennis racquet, plastic netting


2 cups of white flour
2 cups cold water
food colouring

warm in microwave just prior to use

add other materials to make it a differing sensory experience
instead of food colouring use powdered jelly to add colour and a strong scent.

allow children to play with this on a plastic surface then take a print
put paint onto a plastic mirror to get a nice reflection back when playing again take a print

put in shallow trays and use feet


1 bar "Dove" soap
1 roll toilet paper
1 gallon of water

in a large tub layer up toilet paper
grate soap and sprinkle over paper
add warm water
leave over night
use to make models


1 cup corn flour
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon oil

mix in pan, cook until thick
makes a smooth dough


0.3 ounce sugar free jelly powder
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tablespoon cream of tartar
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 cups of boiling water

mix dry ingredients in pan add boiling water and oil 
stir over medium heat until ball formed


8 parts flour
1 part baby oil

mix together, it will be soft yet holds together like wet sand
add a splash of food colouring
use different scents of baby oil and appropriate to colour


Lux soap flakes

mix water and soap flakes use manual or hand whisk
a small amount of water will allow "snow" to be moulded and left to harden. 
a greater amount of water will create alot of bubbles
provide a range of whisks


1 cup sand
1/2 cup corn flour
3/4 cup hot water

mix ingredients in pan
cook until very thick
let models dry in the sun for 12 hours


spray foam on table or tray.
allow children to spread around drawing patterns with fingers
add power paint mix colours
take prints by putting paper on top

* use sensitive shaving foam and supervise children*


marshmallows - melt in microwave, very sticky add washing up liquid to make slimy and bubbly

mashed potato - instant mash, allow children to mix with water and food colouring

rice krispies - add water and colouring listen and squish

cherrios - thread, float on water

weetabix - float on water, mix with water

cornflakes - add water and colour

oats - dry -avoid excessive eating. add water squishy and silky

hair gel, vaseline,moisturiser, baby massage gel - put on plastic mirrors or trays use fingers

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