Just simple lasagna pans filled with black beans, and then add what you want. Ours is a solar system theme, so I have squishy planet “stress balls”, and stars and rocket erasers. We talk about the textures, shapes, colors, sizes, senses, and just “feel” into everything.
Kids LOVE slime! It can be messy, but I have done it enough times to know how to do it in a manageable way. To start, (1) I have a rule that the slime can only be played with on their plastic tray, each child has one. Otherwise, I will find slime all over the house! Next, (2) I learned the hard way that children should not make slime until they are two years old. I tried with my daughter, at about one year old, and in an instant she put it in her hair and I had to cut off some of her curls to get it out. So learn from me, wait until they are at least two years old. The last rule stems from the second, (3) no slime in the hair or in the mouth. My children had to be able to agree to this before we could make it a regular project.
That being said, it is a super fun sensory experience, as long as they are old enough to follow those rules. There have been times my son will play with his slime at the table for an hour!
You will need a small bowl, spoon and I recommend this plastic tray. Let your child empty one bottle of glue into the bowl. Then add the 1/2 tsp Baking Soda and mix thoroughly. Once it is mixed, then add 1 1/2 tbsp Contact Lens Solution, and again mix thoroughly.
If the slime is still too sticky, knead into the mixture with your knuckles, and add more Contact Lens Solution until it is more firm.
When cleaning up, I like to wipe the glue residue off the bowl / spoon / try with a wet paper towel, directly into the garbage. This is because you don’t want the left over glue solution to go down the drain of your sink.
This washable Mandala Table Cloth creates reusable fun. Just throw it in the washing machine and it is like new with each wash. My kids will sit for a good half hour or more coloring in the butterflies, birds and mandalas on the intricate print. It is perfect for when I want to prepare dinner, have some quiet time, or sit with them and join in the creativity. Be sure to use with washable markers, I use Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers.
Both kids and Mom love these Paint with Water books. You just need a cup of water and paint brushes. When you brush the books with water, colored paint forms on the paper. So you don’t need your own paint! My kids have so much fun with these and we find them at our local dollar store! Can’t beat that!
I found these wooden castles at a recent Michaels trip and I was so excited to get started on this project! Now, I thought it would keep them occupied for a looong time, but it was about 30 minutes. It is ok though, because they were so proud of their creations!
The castles were $9.99 but they always have one of those 40% or 50% off coupons that you can find. All you need is some paint and paintbrushes, as well as something to cover the table (I used a roll of kraft paper).
I let the kids pick which colors they would like on their “palette”, which is a small plastic bowl.
My daughter is almost two years old, and even she was very engaged an excited about this project.
I find it best to give each sibling their own brushes and paint from the start, so they know what is theirs and it avoids fighting.