Appendix A: Useful Resources Recipes

Play Dough

  • 2 cups plainflour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cupsalt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • food colouring (optional)

Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl. Add food colouring to the boiling water then into the dry ingredients (colour optional). Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough. Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!

Cloud Dough

  • 4 Cups of Plain Flour
  • ½ Cup Baby Oil

Add oil to flour and mix.

Cloud Dough is powdery with a consistency like flour and also mouldable, a bit like damp sand. It is perfect for moulding, shaping, squeezing, pressing and sculpting into different shapes.

Cloud dough has a silky-smooth texture and scented by the baby oil. It provides a great hands-on sensory learning experience.


  • 2 Cups cornflour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 drops of food colouring (optional)

Mix well.

Slime is another fantastic tool for sensory play. The main ingredient is cornflour. Cornflour is made of lots of long, stringy particles. When water is added they do not dissolve in water, but they do spread themselves out. This allows the gloop to act both like a solid and a liquid. When the child rolls the mixture in their hands or applies pressure to it, the particles join together and the mixture feels solid. But if it is left to rest or is held up and allowed to dribble, the particles slide over each other and it feels like a liquid.

Encourage children to mix and play with the slime before it is completely mixed together, the fun and learning starts here. Explore the texture and talk about what it feels like, sticky, slimy, cold and powdery.

Coloured Rice

  • 1 cup of white rice
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • Food Colouring

Put all ingredients into a zip-lock bag and squish until evenly coloured. Pour onto a tray and dry.

Finger Paint

  • 4 Tablespoons of cornflour
  • Cold water
  • 1 Cup of boiling water
  • Food colouring

Mix cornflour with enough cold water to make a paste (not too runny). Pour in 1 cup of boiling water and stir thoroughly so there are no lumps.

Turn on medium heat on the stove and mix. The mixture will start to change and some clear streaks will start forming in the mixture. When this occurs the heat should be turned off but the mixture should continue to be stirred as it cools. It will start to thicken and turn into a wonderful, custard-like consistency.

Sand Foam

  • Add 3 cups of sand to a tray

Gradually add a can of shaving cream and combine using hands until desired consistency is reached.

Add dinosaurs, shells and toy cars to extend the play and encourage imaginative play stories. The shells would make a great beach theme activity, the dinosaurs to create a sandy dinosaur world and the toy cars to createroads or a moving sand construction site. Hide plastic alphabet letters, numbers or other items to create a hide and seek game. Use descriptive language to describe the experience, how does the sand foam feel? It feels soft, fluffy and gritty. Draw and write in the sand foam tray.

Rubbery Goop

  • 2 cups bi-carbonate soda (baking soda)
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup of cornflour
  • Food colouring (optional)

Combine all ingredients into a saucepan and mix. Heat on stove stirring with a wooden spoon, until boiling. Small lumps will begin to appear, continue to stir until a thick mixture has formed. Turn out onto the bench. Be careful the Rubbery Goop will be very hot! Knead together to form a smooth ball of Rubbery Goop.

Dye Dried Pasta

  • 1 cup of dry pasta shapes
  • 2-3 squirts of handsanitiser
  • Food Colouring

Put all ingredients into a zip-lock bag and squish until evenly coloured.

Pour onto a tray and dry.