Back to Basics: DIY Sensory Play Recipes

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Back to Basics

Sensory play can be a wonderful tool for young children to explore  their senses in a fun way.  It motivates young children to use  their fine motor skills,  helps with hand-eye coordination and visual processing.

There are so many helpful ideas online,  It becomes difficult and overwhelming task to look and choose one activity to meet the needs of a child.   Especially, for those of us who are trying out this process for the first time.

It’s always a good idea to know the basic recipes.    It’s best to have the child explore basic element before introducing  additional things with different color, texture, or smell.

 Commonly Used Materials


  • Food Coloring
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Pasta
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch



Cloud Dough

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/4  Cup Oil

Cooked Playdough

  • 1  Cup Flour
  • 1  Cup Boiling Water
  • 1/2  Cup Salt
  • 1  Tablespoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1  Tablespoon Oil
  • Food Coloring as desired

Edible Fingerpaint

1/2  Cup Cornstarch
1/2  Teaspoon  Salt
3   Tablespoon Sugar
2  Cups Cold Water
Food Coloring  as desired

Colored Pasta

  • 1  Cup Alcohol
  • 1 1/2 Cup  Pasta ( any size and shape)
  • Food Coloring as desired

DIY Tutorials

Cooked Playdough Recipe







Homemade Dirt Recipe







Homemade Rainbow Snow Recipe







Simple and Easy Colored Pasta






Cooked Playdough with Jello







Edible Fingerpaint


More Ideas

39 Ideas for Playing with Playdough








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