sensory

22 10, 2014

lemonade playdough

October 22nd, 2014|Categories: crafts|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

 

 
We have been enjoying the spring weather! Though I do wish it would make up it’s mind! We have had a hot 36 degree day, followed by a cooler 26 degree day, followed by a couple of days of rain. Never the less, Spring is the perfect time to let nature inspire our playtime and we really enjoyed making our Spring paper plate sun catchers the other day! Continuing on with our little spring time theme, we made this lemon scented playdough which was a real treat for the senses!
I used my favourite cooked playdough […]

1 10, 2014

colour me happy :: how to dye chickpeas

October 1st, 2014|Categories: A Little Delightful, crafts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

Recently I dyed some chick peas for the kids for a little bit of fun imaginative and sensory play.
They’re such a great size and very different to the texture of our rainbow rice! 
It’s easier than you may think to dye pasta and rice, and the result is fun and vibrant and irresistible! 

You will need:
Dried chickpeas {you can get these from the supermarket or a bulk foods grocer will have them cheaper – if you are in Perth Kakulas in Northbridge is a great spot for things like this!}
Food dye {I use a gel paste […]

15 09, 2014

non toxic edible sensory slime

September 15th, 2014|Categories: activities|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

This slime is super fun and VERY easy to make, and only needs 2 ingredients {or 3, if you colour it with food colouring like we did!} It’s borax free and completely non toxic so you don’t have to worry about kids consuming glue or borax like many other slimes contain! It’s also perfect for small babies and toddlers to play with.
It is completely edible since it is made with pysillium husk {available from most supermarkets and health food stores}. 
I bought our packet of psyllium for about $5. If you can find a really fine […]

23 04, 2014

DIY sensory bottles

April 23rd, 2014|Categories: diy|Tags: , , , |31 Comments

A little while ago I posted about some things I had made up for Chloe to help her wind down from school as she was struggling a little and was over tired. One of the things I made her was a sensory bottle, much like the ‘time out jar’ filled with glitter that I had seen on pinterest. Chloe’s is filled with pretty little beads and gems, sequins and glittler for her to shake and watch everything settle back down while chilling out.When I made Chloe’s I thought I’d make one for Noah as […]

16 03, 2014

after school wind down time and my exhausted kindy kid

March 16th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |5 Comments

Anyone else have an exhausted kindy kid?We have finished week 6 of school and although so many people I know have kindy kids that have finally adjusted to being at school, my kindy kid is still not used to it and is absolutely exhausted by the end of her Kindy day.I am lucky that Chloe LOVES school. She gets ready for school in 10 seconds flat and she happily says goodbye to me and has a really great day. I know I’m really lucky that she loves it.But some days, the minute we walk […]

23 07, 2013

{activity} weather :: cloud fluff sensory tub

July 23rd, 2013|Categories: A Little Delightful|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

My kids love sensory play and after making cloud dough we also made cloud fluff! Yes, maybe over-doing the ‘cloud’ activities {we also did rain clouds in a glass!} during our weather theme but with a cloud theme happening in the baby’s nursery as well I have clouds on my mind :o}This is seriously a fun sensation. I enjoyed it too. It’s hard to describe. You know what shaving cream would feel like on it’s own – already pretty fun for kids, but the cotton wool provides a little resistance and texture!It’s definitely messy […]

22 07, 2013

{activity} weather :: cloud dough sensory tub

July 22nd, 2013|Categories: A Little Delightful|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

I have seen so many pins on pinterest of cloud dough sensory tubs so of course when we did our little weather theme we had to try it! It is AMAZING! It’s so soft and my kids are still enjoying it weeks later!You need just two ingredients – plain flour and baby oil {or vegetable oil}We used 8 cups of plain flour and 1 cup of baby oil. {I just bought the cheapest of both I could find at the supermarket} I ended up adding in more baby oil as I mixed it together to get […]

21 05, 2013

{activity} silly slime!

May 21st, 2013|Categories: A Little Delightful|Tags: , , |9 Comments

As a kid we used to make this at summer camp. For us it was called Oobleck, based on some green slime in a Dr. Seuss story. It was a favourite at camp, also because we would get to bring some home with us. Once you make it up, it can act like a solid substance when you put force on it – punch down or squeeze it in your hands and it will feel solid, but let go and it will just ‘melt’ and ooze like a liquid.It’s super easy but can be […]

1 11, 2011

rainbow rice

November 1st, 2011|Categories: crafts|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

A little while ago I made the kids some rainbow rice.
 
I used the same method I used when dying pasta.
 
You will need:
Uncooked rice
Vinegar 
Food dye
zip lock bags
a tray
paper or baking paper
 
I separated a 2kg bag of uncooked rice into smaller ziplock bags, added a few drops of vinegar and a few drops of colour to each. Closed them up and gently massaged the colour around to disperse evenly. It’s best to do one colour at a time – so the stuff doesn’t dry out while it waits for you to mix it through. 
 
After a little while left to […]

14 07, 2011

colour me happy : how to dye pasta

July 14th, 2011|Categories: crafts|Tags: , , , , |28 Comments

 
Ever wanted to dye pasta for crafts and fun sensory activities for the kiddos?? 
I’ve always thought dying pasta would be difficult, or messy. I attempted to colour pasta once before – with paint. What a mess!!
 
But I now dye all sorts of different shapes of pasta this way and it’s seriously a game changer!

 
You will need:
Uncooked pasta
Vinegar 
Food dye
zip lock bags
a tray
paper or baking paper
Place your pasta in a ziplock bag.
Put a small amount of vinegar in the bag, and then some drops of food dye – try to get the food dye on top of the […]