We like to joke that winter lasts half the year in Wisconsin, but it’s actually not that much shorter! Sometimes temps are low enough that spending a lot of time outside just isn’t possible. We are coming to the rescue with some indoor sensory activities that will keep your kids entertained for much longer than they take to make! You can store them in air tight containers to bring them out any time cabin fever hits.
2-Ingredient Fake Snow
Baking soda (2 lb box)
Can of shaving cream
Medium or large container with lid
- Pour baking soda into container
- Place a handful of shaving cream into container and knead into shaving cream
- Continue to add shaving cream and mix until you achieve a texture consistent with snow
- Store in the container when done playing until you are ready to play again!
3-Ingredient Pudding Play Dough (taste-safe!)
1/4 cup instant pudding mix
3/4 cup cornstarch, divided
1/3 cup warm water
Small mixing bowl Fork
- Pour pudding mix and 1/2 cup cornstarch into bowl, reserving the rest of cornstarch for next step. Stir together using a fork.
- Pour water into the mixing bowl and stir into mixture until all water is absorbed and it looks like dough is forming. The dough will be very sticky so don’t try to pick it up with your hands yet!
- Add in cornstarch in small amounts and stir it in with the fork. When the dough gets too hard to stir, remove it from the bowl and knead it with your hands.
- Keep adding small amounts of cornstarch and knead until the dough no longer feels sticky. All the ingredients in this play dough are taste-safe so this is a great sensory activity for infants too!
1/2 cup Elmer’s clear glue
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 tsp baking soda 2 Tbsp contact lens solution (must have boric acid in it)
Large mixing bowl Glitter (optional)
- Pour glue into bowl and add baking soda. Mix thoroughly.
- Add water to mixture and stir. Slowly add in the contact lens solution.
- Mix and knead thoroughly before adding more so your slime doesn’t get too hard.
- Mix until slime forms and begins to harden a little. Add glitter if you’d like!
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