Sensory Play Recipes

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Looking for a way to provide fun sensory opportunities indoors try one of the following recipes that are fun for the whole family.



Moon Sand


8 cups plain flour

1 cup baby oil (or any oil will do)


Mix the ingredients together and have fun. The photo above is of the moon sand we’re currently playing with at Kaleidoscope Pediatric Therapy.





¾ cup cold water

1 cup Elmer’s Glue

Food coloring

½ cup hot water

1 tsp borax (this will be in the laundry aisle at the grocery store)


Step 1: in bowl 1 – mix together the cold water, glue, and food coloring. Set aside

Step 2: in bowl 2 – mix together the hot water and borax until the borax is completely dissolved

Step 3: slowly add the glue mixture of bowl 2. Mix well and pour off any excess water.



Sandy Dough


2 cups of sand

1 cup of cornstarch

1 ½ cups of water


Mix all of the ingredients over medium heat and knead until dough-like.





½ cup Elmer’s clear glue

½ cup liquid starch

Few drops of food coloring


Mix all the ingredients together and done.



Play Dough


3 cups flour

1 ½ cups salt

3 cups of water

Few drops of food coloring

5 tablespoons of oil

6 tsp cream of tartar

(Double recipe for large group)


Mix the ingredients together. Pour the resulting dough mixture into a pan on the stove over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the pan and knead. When cool, store in an airtight container or Ziploc.

OT Tip: Add coffee or drink mix to make it smell yummy!




Oobleck has the properties of both liquid and solids. You can slowly dip your hand into it like liquid, but if you squeeze the oobleck it will feel solid.


1 ½ cup corn starch

1 cup water

Few drops of food coloring


Mix the ingredients together and have fun!