Bean's Sensory Recipes 


This page is 11 years old. Bean used to add her sensory recipes here. I didn't want to delete it. 



•1 1/2 cups warm water
•2 cups elmer white glue
•food coloring •1 1/3 cups warm water
•3 teaspoons borax

1.In one container mix 1 1/2 cups warm water, white glue and a few drops of food coloring.
2.In a second container mix 1 1/3 cups of warm water and Borax.
3.Mix the Borax mixture into the glue mixture until combined. (may be some liquid in bottom of container).
4.Place Fubber on a tray and let stand for a few minutes before playing with it!
5.Store in air tight container.




Chocolate Play Doh  



•1 cup all-purpose flour
•½ cup salt
•2 tsp. cream of tartar
•1 TBSP. unsweetened cocoa powder
•1 cup water
•1 ½ TBSP. vegetable oil

In a saucepan, whisk together the flour, salt, cream of tartar, & cocoa.
Add water & oil to dry mixture and whisk until smooth and blended.
Place saucepan over low heat and stir continuously until it forms a ball – about 5 minutes (it will be impossible to stir).
Remove dough from saucepan onto a mat and knead it several times while warm.
Play immediately with dough or store in a sealed container for later play.
Although it may be tempting – DO NOT EAT PLAY-DOH 

Peppermint Play-Doh 

 1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 Tablespoon Peppermint Oil Extract
1 tablespoon
vegetable oil
1 cup water

 1. Mix flour, salt, & cream of tartar in a medium cooking pot.
2. Add water, peppermint extract and oil.
3. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes stirring constantly.
4. When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove.
5. Knead until smooth.
6. Play and explore with this fragrant, brightly colored dough as you would any play dough.
7. Put in a plastic bag and refrigerate to store.


How to make Play-Dough

Play dough is a fun!! This is so easy to make and be a great tool for your child.  It can be expensive to buy at stores, but it's very easy and costs nothing to make it at home and it's an activity for your and your child to do together! The only materials you will need are:
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
food dye (any color, be creative!)
newspaper to cover the surface you're working on

It only takes about 10 minutes to make


Candy Cane Play-Doh

5 cups water
5 cups flour
2 1/2 cups salt
3 Tablespoons cream of tartar
10 Tablespoons vegetable oil
Food coloring


Mix water, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring regularly until mixture is hot. Add oil. Stir in flour a cup at a time, stirring in between each addition. Mix until play-doh pulls away from pan and is no longer sticky (pinch it between your fingers to test). Dump dough on counter, let cool a bit, then knead.
Add Glitz and Glamour to Your Homemade Play-doh

To make the candy cane play-doh, we made two batches of the play clay, one red and one white. After the dough cooled down a bit, we kneaded in some glitter for holiday add some peppermint essential oil (about 10 drops each batch) for the yummy candy cane smell.


Kool Aid Play-Doh


1 c flour, 1/4 c salt, 2 tbsp cream of tartar, I pkg. Kool Aid, 1 c water, 1 tbsp. Veg. Oil. Mix in saucepan and cook on medium-low heat for 3-5 minutes. Until mixture forms a ball. Remove and store in a container.


Jello Play Dough Recipe

•1 cup flour + 1/2 cup extra
•1 cup water
•2 tablespoons salt
•2 tablespoons cream of tartar
•2 tablespoons vegetable oil
•1-3ounce package of Jello


1.  Combine all ingredients (except the extra amount of flour) in a bowl.

2.  When mixed, pour into non-stick sauce pan and heat on low. Stir until a ball of dough forms.
Be patient. It might take a while, but it does happen.

3.  Place ball of dough on wax paper to cool. When cool, knead dough adding extra flour as needed
until dough is smooth and not sticky. Store in a  plastic container for up to two months.


Lemon Scented Play-Doh

1 cup plain flour

1 Tablespoon oil

200ml Water

Add a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil

½ cup salt

2 Teaspoons cream of tartar

1 Teaspoon of yellow food coloring

How do you make it?

Pour all dry ingredients, flour, salt and cream of tartar together in a saucepan.
Add oil, food coloring, lemon essence and water to dry ingredients.
I use a whisk before heating as I find this helps remove lumps and blends the ingredients well.
Cook over medium heat constantly stirring until it becomes a thick blob.
Then turn out onto a clean surface and knead into a smooth blob.
Allow the play dough to cool before playing with it.
Store in a plastic container.

If the play dough turns out a little sticky, sprinkle a small amount of plain flour onto the bench and knead
until smooth and combined.


Pumpkin Pie Scented Play-Doh

5 and ½ cups of flour

2 cups of salt

8 teaspoons of cream of tartar

¾ of a cup of oil

1 ounce (1 normal sized container) of pumpkin pie spice

Orange food coloring (1 part red to 2 parts yellow)

4 cups of water

Mixing Instructions:

In a large, heavy pan, mix all of the ingredients together. Cooking over medium heat, stir until the
mixture no longer has any lumps. Knead the dough out onto a well floured surface until it is smooth.
The dough can now be played with. When done playing with the dough, store it in an air tight container


Peanut Butter Play-Doh

2 cups of creamy peanut butter

2 cups of honey

4 and ½ cups of powdered milk

Mixing Instructions:

In a large bowl, mix together the honey and peanut butter. Slowly add in the powdered milk
and knead the mixture until the dough reaches a thick consistency. The dough can now be played
with. When not using the dough, it must be kept in a container in the refrigerator. The
dough will keep for 1 week.


Lavender Play-Doh

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tbsp cream of tartar

1.5 cups of boiling water 

a squeeze of liquid food coloring

(Only add a few drops of Lavender Oil)

Mix the dry ingredients. Stir through the oil. Add the boiling water and stir vigorously until all lumps are gone and it begins to come together. Then knead it until it stops being sticky. Add coloring and any flavoring/ natural scent at the kneading stage.

 Need ideas to create texture?
Split peas
Poppy seeds
Coffee Beans


Cloud Dough Recipe

What do you need to make Cloud Dough?

-8 cups of Flour
-1 cup of baby oil

How do you make Cloud Dough?

Mix the flour and baby oil together with your hands in a large container until the dough holds together when squeezed. It could take 3-5 minutes of mixing


Home Made Moon Sand 

Mix together:
4 cups sand
2 cups corn flour
1 cup of water

 Rainbow Shaving Cream Bath Paints

What you'll need:

foaming shaving cream - I got the stuff for sensitive skin
food colouring
container - I used a silicone muffin pan and it was beyond perfect
paint brushes

How to make it:

1. squirt some foaming shaving cream in each of the 6 compartments of your muffin tin
2. add food colouring to each one to make whatever colours you want - I did rainbow colours. Mix them up well.
3. give to your kiddo in the tub and let them have a blast!


 Whip Cream Paints

Use whipped cream to make an edible paint for your kids. They can get very messy and its safe, even for babies

What do you need to make it?

electric mixer
1 cup whipped cream (the whip-your-own kind that comes in a carton)
food coloring

How do you make it?

Put 1 cup of whipped cream in a mixing bowl and mix with electric mixer. Add food coloring until you have the desired color. Paint and have fun!


Home Made Finger Paint


What do you need to make finger paints?

Food coloring
Plastic cups


How do you make finger paints?

Add 2 T of sugar into a sauce pan.

Add 1/3 cup of flour to the saucepan as well

Mix with 2 cups of water and whisk until smooth. Turn on the heat and stir continually until the mixture thickens

Pour into your plastic cups equally. You'll one cup for every color of paint you'd like to make.

Mix in a couple drops of food coloring and stir until completely dissolved. Let cool completely