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CREATIVE IDEAS FOR UNDER 5s
5 WAYS WITH…
is a series that gives you a whole week of ideas with one resource! This time we’re focusing on cornflour.
(2 cups cornflour, 1 cup water) – it should be runny, but go hard when squeezed. Great for sensory play – add utensils, cups or involve your whole bodies. Drop food colouring on the surface and swirl to make gorgeous patterns and mix colours.
2: COLOUR BOMBS
Dry out your ooblek and create (dry out coloured ooblek in low oven, crush to fine powder in blender) – great outdoor art activity – mix powders in cups, clap to make coloured clouds, throw onto clothes or make colour patterns on the ground – all non-toxic and washable.
3: CHALK PAINT
(Cornflour, water and food colouring) another great gross motor, outdoor art experience that will brush away when dry (or wash away with enough rain) – use old ketchup bottles to squeeze designs, “write” names, spin around and dance!
4: CLOUD DOUGH
(Cornflour and hair conditioner) – wee ones can help mix ingredients into a smooth, non-sticky dough that smells amazing – multi-sensory joy! Squash into a pancake and paint or drip food colouring, then, squeeze, sculpt and play.
5: KINETIC SAND
(1 cup sand, 1/2 cup cornflour, oil to bring it together) – squeezable, mouldable sand that doesn’t dry out – for wee ones that put everything in their mouths you can swap sand for polenta.