Misc Sensory Ideas


I went to the rail road gathered rocks sprayed painted them metallic gold put them in my table added sand and water and two strainers, my children sifted for gold! (they loved it).


When coloring rice or noodles for the sensory table, use Liquid Watercolor from Discount School Supply. It’s relatively inexpensive, goes a long way, makes BRIGHT colors and dries easily. Simply put the rice or noodles into a Ziploc bag. Add desired amount of liquid water color, squish around in bag until color is evenly distributed. Lay out to dry if necessary. This has worked much better for coloring rice and noodles for me! Also works well for coloring play-doh!


Great idea! While discovery the 5 senses, here are some great dramatic play suggestions. Sight – eye doctor, Sound – recording studio, Smell – flower shop, Touch – clothing store, Taste – bakery or grocery store.


Great idea for sensory play for infants through preschool! In a sturdy freezer bag put Karo syrup with a bit of food coloring. (Blue, purple, and green work best for a calming effect.) Secure bag with tape along seems because it can get messy if the bag breaks. Allow children to mush it around. Talk to the about how their body heat warms the bag. This even got my 13 year old and his friends to sit down for a half hour!


Balloons filled with any variant of textured dry goods become like colored hackey sacks, for feeling , squishing, guessing, matching, pitching & catching. Use rice, beans, peas, lentils, marbles , corn starch, flour, sugar.


Recipe for Silly Putty

In a zip loc bag, place 1 tablespoon Elmer’s glue, 1 tablespoon water and 2 drops of food coloring Mix well. In a container mix 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon Borax. After the glue, water and food coloring have been mixed, add 1 tablespoon of the borax mixture. Close Ziploc and mix well. The result is a very, very close resemblance to the real silly putty.


Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.