I’ve rounded up 35 of the coolest concoctions for kids that I could find. Scented foams, edible doughs, stretchy slimes and mucky goops!
One of the funnest forms of sensory play for young children is mixing up simple concoctions.Â Â Combining common ingredients to make a new play substance Â is always thrilling! Â Concoctions are a great way to explore substances, textures, colours and chemical reactions. Â You can shape them, stir them, create art and even build with them! Â The best part? Â They all call for 3 ingredients or less. Â So simple, you’ll be able mix them up any old time with your kids!
FYI: Â I don’t always count water or food colouring as an “ingredient”. Â Just sayin…
Bubbling Slime, with taste-safe ingredients, will bubble and fizz for hours as the ingredients react!
Whip up a rainbow of frothy fun with this awesomeÂ Colourful Bubble Foam.
Take sensory play up a notch with an empty watermelon rind and this classic fizzy science experiment by Natural Beach Living.
Mix up a batch of Galaxy Slime with two common, household supplies. Â It’s out of this world!
This smooth and silky Toddler-Safe Cloud Dough calls for 2 ingredients you’ll find in your kitchen cupboard.
Rainbow Salt Dough! Â How can 3 ingredients look so good? Â This dough can be shaped and allowed to harden like clay.
It’s no surprise that this is calledÂ No-Cook PUFFY Paint! Â Wait until you see what the “puffy” ingredient is!
A boxed cake-mix is one of 3 ingredients in this Â Strawberry Â scented “Ice Cream” Dough.
Super-stretchy Polka-Dot Slime takes two simple ingredients. Â Bet you can’t guess what those polka-dots really are!
Paint up some vibrant Salt Sculptures for keeps! Â The recipe couldn’t be any more simple!
3-Ingredient GLOP! Â You’ll never guess what it’s made of. Â Hint: your baby sits in it all day long!
Jelly / Jello Silly Putty is oozy and stretchy and it smells great! Â A great homemade gift for a child as it stores well too!
A tub of cake frosting is a key ingredient in this taste-safe Cupcake Play Dough.Â
Mix up some small pots of Glitter Glue Paint! Â Crafty kids will love to receive these in a loot bag or stocking!
Kids can explore texture and colour mixing and science with this microwave-able Kool-aid Puffy Paint. Â Smells wonderful too!
Glittery Gold Slime looks so dazzlingly inviting. Â This mixture is a must for a St. Patrick’s Day sensory activity!
Sidewalk paint is fun, but FIZZING Sidewalk PaintÂ is even funner! Â Funner is a word, right?
Make an Ocean in a Bottle! Â Kids of all ages will find this 2-ingredient concoction mesmerizing to play around with and watch.
Glitter, glam and sparkle, pink and purplicious! Â This concoction isÂ fit for a queen! Â Well almostâ€¦ Â It’s PRINCESSÂ Slime.
What fun! Â Chilly “Pretend Ice Cream” Goo, looks, feels and smells like real ice cream! Â And BONUS: you can re-use it time and time again!
Here’s a black and gold-glittered Gak recipe for space buffs! Â They’ll have a blast with this Star Wars Slime!
How about some oozy-stretchy, soft Bubble Dough? Â Doesn’t it look like soft-serve ice-cream? Â Liquid soap is one of the main features in this 3 ingredient concoction.
For kids with food sensitivities, this Gluten-Free Play Dough recipe is also nut-free and dairy-free, and completely taste-safe for little ones who might be tempted to sample it.
3 interesting ingredients make up this low-sugar, edibleÂ Peanut Butter Play Dough. Â I’ll bet it smells divine!
Sure, sand is fun to mold and play with, but creamy Â Sand Foam Dough is even better! Â Shaving cream plays a role in this incredibly simple sensory concoction.
You can make a scented batch of Pixie Paint for about a dollar, using water and an unexpected, but entirely pixie-appropriate ingredient!
Anna and Elsa fans will love this incredible sensory concoction! Â Frozen Clean Mud puts spin on the traditional, 3-ingredient “clean mud” recipe.
This Fizzy Lemonade Sensory Concoction uses a surprise ingredient to activate the bubbling action baking soda. Â Hint: Â it’s fresh, citrus-y smell is much more pleasant than vinegar!
Call it what you like – goo, goop, ooblek or slime, this 2-Ingredient GoopÂ is the most mystifying sensory connection around!
Hair Gel is a key ingredient in this mouldable Ooblek Dough.
Gentle on the skin, this 2 ingredient, washable Lotion Paint is great for painting on a canvas or for body-painting.
Spidey fans unite! Â This red and blue Spider-Man Foam Dough is made with 3 simple ingredients. Â It smells great too!
KidsÂ will love making colourful, textured creations with this 2-Ingredient Sand Paint!
Take your sidewalk art up a notch with this traditional 3-ingredient Sidewalk Paint! Â Kids will love drizzling and decorating with this thick and colourful concoction!
Here’s another nifty way to make a simple strawberry scented concoction! Â This Strawberry No-Cook Playdough is made with hair conditioner and one other common pantry ingredient.