10 Sensory Play Recipes

I can’t get enough of the sensory stuff.  Here are 10 easy to do recipes, to keep your children’s hand dirty, icky and gooey. Enjoy these fun and playful ways to add more sensory, plus they are super cheap to make.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup liquid dish detergent
  • 2 tbs light corn syrup

Mix and let set for at least one hour.  Cover and store in the refrigerator.

Rice & Pasta Dye

  • 1 cup pasta or rice
  • 1 1/2 tsp rubbing alcohol or grain alcohol
  • 1/4 tsp. food coloring

Mix the alcohol and dye in a plastic zip bag.  Add dry rice or pasta and shake gently until it is evenly coated.  Spread on wax paper to dry.

Paper Mache

  • 1 part flour
  • 2 parts water
  • 2-3 tbs salt

Mix the flour with the water in a saucepan. Mix well to remove lumps.  Cook the mixture over low heat until you get a creamy consistency of thin paste.  Add more water or flour as needed.  Add a few tbs of salt to help prevent mold.  Let cool before using.

Clean Mud

  • 3 rolls toilet tissue
  • 1 bar Ivory soap, grated
  • 3/4 cup borax
  • water

Children can help unroll tissue.  Put in a large container or sensory table.  Saturate with water.  Add Ivory soap and Borax.  Mix well.

Gunk, Gak or Flubber

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white glue
  • 2 tbs liquid tempera paint or 7-10 drops food coloring
  • 1  1/3 cups warm water
  • 4 tsp borax

Mix water, glue and paint in a medium bowl.  In a second bowl, mix the warm water and borax together until borax is completely dissolved.  Slowly pour the water, glue and paint mixture into the water borax mixture (do not mix). Roll or swish water, glue and paint around in the water and borax mixture 4-5 times.  Lift the water, glue and paint solution out and knead .  Store in airtight container or plastic zip bag.

Silly Putty

  • 1 tbs liquid starch
  • 2-3 drops food coloring
  • 2 tbs white glue
  • zip bag

Mix white glue and food coloring together in a small bowl.  Pour liquid starch into a second small bowl.  Pour the glue mixture on top of the liquid starch.  Allow to stand for 5 minutes until glue absorbs the liquid starch.  Remove from bowl and knead. The more you knead the better consistency the putty will be. Store in plastic bag

Oblick or Muck

  • 1 1/2 C. Corn Starch
  • 1 C. Water
  • Food Color (optional)

Mix the ingredients and allow children to play with the mixture. When”pushed” together, the mixture will appear dry and solid; as children let go of the mixture, it flows like a smooth liquid.


  • 1/8 cup borax
  • 1/2 liter warm water
  • 3 tsp white glue
  • green food coloring
  • zip bag

Place 1/8 cup of borax laundry booster into a 1/2 liter of warm water. Shake until most of the borax dissolves
Let cool


Place 2 spoonfuls of Elmer’s glue into a cup
Add 3 spoonfuls of water. Stir
Add 2 drops of green food coloring. Stir
Pour into a baggie
Measure 1 spoonful of borax solution
Dump into baggie
Squish the baggie to mix
Remove your snot

Home Made Finger Paint

  • 1/4 cup liquid starch
  • 1 tbs powered tempera paint
  • Freezer paper or finger paint paper

Pour liquid starch and powered tempera paint into small bowl. Mix until well blended.  Use small containers with lids to store for future use.


  • 1 part Salt
  • 2 parts Flour
  • 1 part Water
  • Glitter & Paint (Optional)

Mix up the ingredients until they are the consistency of a bread or pizza dough. If it feels too dry, add a little bit of water. Or, if it seems too sticky, add a little more flour and salt. Leave out to dry or bake at 250 degrees.

or another Clay recipe from Ultimate Kids Concoctions

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 cups baking soda

Combine cornstarch and baking soda in a small saucepan.  Add water and stir until the mixture is smooth.  Heat mixture for 5 minutes over medium heat.  Stir until it begins to thicken and turns to dough.  Remove from saucepan and allow to cool.  Knead 2-3 minutes.  Sculptures can air dry.

More Recommended Sensory for kids:

Sensory Play! It’s Okay…We can wash our hands.

20 Playdough  Recipes

6 thoughts on “10 Sensory Play Recipes

  1. I’m writing because I run a sensory site and am looking for great ideas for Thanksgiving. And as any parent, we’re looking for terrific Thanksgiving crafts and ideas for kids with Sensory Processing Disorder and on the Autism Spectrum. Would you add a link to a craft idea or two on our blog? Here’s the link to share and get more traffic to your site…



    • KK says:

      these are great! Although, note to parents and caretakers Borax is poison to children. So sad but true. I wish I knew an alternative to this Borax but haven’t come across on yet ( used in flubber and some other sensory recipes)


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