Make At Home Sensory Doughs

First, peek at these great dough recipes …

Flubber /// Silly Putty ///  Rainbow Slime /// Fluffy Stuff /// Puffy Rainbow Clouds

Ever since becoming a mother to a preschooler I’ve been thrown head deep into the world of play dough. Not only does it spark her creativity, it consumes at least an hour of our day, everyday. I’ve been making my own play dough for a year or two and I’m convinced it is one of the most cost effective “toy” investments I’ve made. Probably something like 5 cents/hour 🙂

Anyways, this summer I’m planning to move beyond homemade play dough and explore other sensory doughs! I’ve been pinning and reading and it seems like those listed above will become favorites before I know it. Granted, some will probably be bath tub only activities, but that’s just because I’m a big fan of easy clean up. Either that, or backyard fun. Either way, let the dough making begin!

The beauty of doughs is the blank canvas – you can build, stretch, mold, form or just squish. I love asking my daughter questions when she’s playing. Things like …

  • What are you making?
  • Where did that idea come from?
  • Why did you choose that color?
  • How does it feel?
  • Does it feel like anything else you’ve felt before?
  • How many colors do you see?
  • Can you make 5 little balls and put them in a line?
  • Can you roll this green dough like a snake?
  • Can you cut this circle into three pieces?
  • What does it smell like?
  • Let’s make two creatures and tell a story.

You can see how questions build and you can practice new words, counting, fractions, storytelling, sense identification and more. Doughs are a gateway to lots of learning if you ask me!

What sensory doughs have you made at home beyond the traditional play dough? Leave the recipe in the comments if you have it close at hand!

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (

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This is a great idea.
Where do I find the recipe.