Messy Recipes

Posted by Lauren England on

Here are 3 fun and messy recipes that you can make with your child. They are guaranteed to be lots of giggles… and there may be tears if child is not a fan of sensory play.

Allowing your child to pour, scoop and stir (providing it’s not too hot) can create all kinds of learning opportunities, turn taking, cause  and effect, counting, sequencing and so much more!

 However Please remember

  • Don’t force a child’s hand into a texture.  If they don’t like it or are having a hard time touching it, respect that. Gradual introduction works best, you are the best model for a child to follow, embrace the messy play.
  • Have a container of soapy water and a towel ready for wet or messy textures. If a child is tactile defensive, letting them know that the towel is there ready, in case they need it will help them feel more at ease.
  • Choking hazards, if your child is still putting everything into their mouth, it may be worthwhile just waiting until they are a little older.


 Making Oobleck

 Oobleck ingredients

1 cup of water

1.5 to 2 cups of corn flour

 Mix ingredients

  1. Start with the water in a bowl and add the cornflour a bit at a time.
  2. Keep stirring until it has a gooey consistency. You may want to use your hands.
  3. When the oobleck is just right, slowly add food colouring.

This can be a challenge to get it mixed properly.

                                                 Things to do with Oobleck

  • Grab a handful and squeeze it. Let it ooze through your fingers.
  • Add some plastic animals hide them in oobleck then in a separate container give them a bath.
  • Roll some oobleck into a ball. It becomes solid, but when you stop moving it, it will melt back into your hand.

Making Finger paint

Finger Paint Ingredients

4 tablespoons of shaving cream

2 tablespoons of paint (water based)

 Mix ingredients

  1. Place shaving foam in a bowl.
  2. Add the paint into the bowl and give it a good stir.

Now it is ready to use!

 Things to do with Finger Paint

  • Use your finished art work as a background for example; if you have created blue finger paint this can make a great ocean- child can draw, glue or even decorate with stickers.
  • On a piece of plain paper draw some faces with coloured markers- allow child to create unique hairstyles.

Making playdough

Playdough ingredients

2 cups plain flour

1 cup of salt

2 tablespoons of oil

2 cups of boiling water

3 tablespoons of cream of tartar

Colour of your choice (a few drops)

 *once playdough is cool you can then add (a kid safe) essential oil of you choice

Mix ingredients

  1. Place all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Next add the oil, colouring then boiling water.
  3. Mix thoroughly, using a spoon – mixture will be very hot!

 Things to do with Playdough

  • Building houses with wooden blocks - pretend the playdough is cement.
  • Pick some rosemary or lavender then place in a mortar and pestle, allow child to pound and crush. This works best with white playdough and scent free. Child can now mix the rosemary or lavender into the playdough does is change colour? What does it smell like?

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