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Rain Cloud Experiment – Colorful Shaving Cream Science

Rain Cloud Experiment – Colorful Shaving Cream Science

Rain Cloud Experiment – Colorful Shaving Cream Science

rain cloud experiment shaving cream color cloud

This shaving cream rain experiment is a fun way to learn about clouds and rainfall! Make it vibrant by using all the colors of the rainbow! 

Easy to Set Up Rain Cloud Experiment

This rain cloud experiment is a fun way to demonstrate how rain falls through clouds. Best part for grown ups? It is super easy to set up! Whether you are creating one rain cloud or 6 like us, it only takes a few minutes to get everything together. 

I love that the supplies are simple and readily available so that you can conduct the experiment over and over again if you want to!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Skills: 

Ages: 3 Years +

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Watch How to Create This Rain Cloud Experiment

Watch this video to see how kids as young as 3 can get involved in creating and observing this experiment.

My 3 year old enjoyed spraying the shaving cream (with my help!) and using large droppers to place the food coloring “rain” on top of the “rain cloud.”

How to explain the science in preschool terms? If a cloud gets heavy enough, rain will fall from it!

Watch How to Create This Rain Cloud Experiment

Watch this video to see how kids as young as 3 can get involved in creating and observing this experiment.

My 3 year old enjoyed spraying the shaving cream (with my help!) and using large droppers to place the food coloring “rain” on top of the “rain cloud.”

How to explain the science in preschool terms? If a cloud gets heavy enough, rain will fall from it!

rain cloud experiment shaving cream color cloud

Tips for Setting Up This Rain Cloud Experiment

Clear Container. We decided to explore what rain would look like in every color of the rainbow, so I set aside 6 small, clear containers. These are actually tiny flower vases! Of course, you could use one container big, small, or anything in between!

Colors. The most common color used in this experiment is blue! But my kiddo wanted to use all the colors of the rainbow! This created an added skill for him to reinforce, which was color matching! I placed a dot sticker next to each vase so he could match his dropper filled with food coloring. You can use either liquid watercolors or food coloring for this experiment!

Large Droppers. They are great for fine motor skills and this experiment is perfect for kids to practice using them! Our set worked well for it because each dropper has a different color.

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

To make the “rain,” dilute your food coloring or liquid watercolor in water. You can do one color or many like us!

Step 2

Fill your glass(es) with water.

Step 3

Squirt shaving cream on top to make the cloud.

Step 4

Now is the fun part for your little one! Using a dropper, squirt the color(s) on top of the shaving cream. When the “cloud” becomes too heavy, the “rain” will rain down, making the water change colors.

Step 1

To make the “rain,” dilute your food coloring or liquid watercolor in water. You can do one color or many like us!

Step 2

Fill your glass(es) with water.

Step 3

Squirt shaving cream on top to make the cloud.

Step 4

Now is the fun part for your little one! Using a dropper, squirt the color(s) on top of the shaving cream. When the “cloud” becomes too heavy, the “rain” will rain down, making the water change colors.

The Science Behind This Rain Cloud Experiment 

This is a very simple demonstration of rainfall, which is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners! 

Explain to your kiddo that the shaving cream is the “cloud” and the food coloring is the “rain.” When water gets too heavy inside clouds, gravity will pull it down through the clouds as rain.

By making the rain colorful, they have a great visual for seeing it fall!

For more science fun, be sure to visit our comprehensive list of activities

rain cloud experiment shaving cream color cloud
rain cloud experiment shaving cream color cloud

The Science Behind This Rain Cloud Experiment 

This is a very simple demonstration of rainfall, which is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners! 

Explain to your kiddo that the shaving cream is the “cloud” and the food coloring is the “rain.” When water gets too heavy inside clouds, gravity will pull it down through the clouds as rain.

By making the rain colorful, they have a great visual for seeing it fall!

For more science fun, be sure to visit our comprehensive list of activities

More Science Experiments to Explore!

Here are my top picks for science experiment kits!

science experiment chemical reactions for kids

Science Kit for Kids

This science kit for kids includes 30 scientific experiments plus fun gear like a lab coat, goggles, and other scientific equipment!

chemistry set for kids chemical reactions

Chemistry Kits

This 3-Pack Chemistry Kits will ignite a passion for science. Including an electrochemistry lab, fire lab, and vortex lab.

science experiment set for kids

Earth Science Kit 

This kit lets your children learn hands-on about geology and chemical reactions in volcanoes.

chemistry set experiment for kids chemical reactions

Chemistry Station

Create glowing slime, fizzing reactions, oozing bubbles, colorful chromatography, and more!

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Lacing Activity – How to Make a Toy for Preschoolers

Lacing Activity – How to Make a Toy for Preschoolers

Lacing Activity – How to Make a Toy for Preschoolers

lacing activity preschool threading apple diy

This lacing activity is great for strengthening fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. A super easy to make DIY toy! All you need are a few simple supplies to create this too! 

A Budget Friendly Lacing Activity

This lacing activity is the perfect example of making something yourself instead of spending money on buying a toy! Of course, there are very similar products for sale that could definitely be purchased if your kiddo absolutely loves this lacing activity.

But making one out of cardboard and using very few supplies is a great way to test the toy out before making a bigger investment!

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The Lacing Activity in Action 

Here’s a snippet of my kiddo, 4 years old at the time, playing with this lacing activity. 

He got such a kick out of seeing the “worm” go in and out of the apple that it just brings a whole new element of imagination and fun. 

It’s a great way to have them excited about an activity that is working on their hand-eye coordination at the same time.

The Lacing Activity in Action 

Here’s a snippet of my kiddo, 4 years old at the time, playing with this lacing activity. 

He got such a kick out of seeing the “worm” go in and out of the apple that it just brings a whole new element of imagination and fun. 

It’s a great way to have them excited about an activity that is working on their hand-eye coordination at the same time.

lacing activity preschool threading apple diy

Tips for Creating this DIY Lacing Activity

Have fun with this activity! The kids can be a part of the process from start to finish! Let them draw the apple on cardboard, then cut it out! Great for scissor skills and confidence as well. 

Use cardboard! If you get a lot of packages (like me!), it is a free crafting resource that has a super strong and durable texture!

Use tempera paint sticks! For coloring the apple and worm, we used tempera paint sticks. They come out super vibrant on cardboard which is not always the case with paint!

If you don’t have an extra long hole punch, use a sharp knife to create the holes!

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Cut out an apple and worm shape on the cardboard. Involve the kids if you’d like and have them color.

Step 2

Use a hole punch and cut out the holes. You don’t have to do very many, but I would say 8-10 are great. Make sure to put them all over. 

Step 3

Tie a piece of twine or yarn to the apple with the worm attached to the other end.

Step 4

Have the kids take the yarn and go through all the holes.

Step 1

Cut out an apple and worm shape on the cardboard. Involve the kids if you’d like and have them color.

Step 2

Use a hole punch and cut out the holes. You don’t have to do very many, but I would say 8-10 are great. Make sure to put them all over. 

Step 3

Tie a piece of twine or yarn to the apple with the worm attached to the other end.

Step 4

Have the kids take the yarn and go through all the holes. 

isThe Benefits of Lacing and Threading

Threading yarn through holes is a fun way to have kids concentrate and work their finger muscles. Lots of control and hand-eye coordination is required to get that yarn in the hole, but with a little patience, they can do it! 

Another everyday item to strengthen fine motor skills are using clothespins/pegs! This dinosaur-themed activity, is a free printable you should definitely check out! Kids use pegs to give dinosaurs their “spikes” back!

For more fine motor skills activities, be sure to check out our comprehensive list!

dinosaur activity printable fine motor skills color recognition counting
dinosaur activity printable fine motor skills color recognition counting

isThe Benefits of Lacing and Threading

Threading yarn through holes is a fun way to have kids concentrate and work their finger muscles. Lots of control and hand-eye coordination is required to get that yarn in the hole, but with a little patience, they can do it! 

Another everyday item to strengthen fine motor skills are using clothespins/pegs! This dinosaur-themed activity, is a free printable you should definitely check out! Kids use pegs to give dinosaurs their “spikes” back!

For more fine motor skills activities, be sure to check out our comprehensive list!

More Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

Here are some top picks for games and tools that will strengthen motor skills!

fine motor skills buckles and strings toy

Buckle and Threading Pillow

This colorful pillow is fantastic for fine motor skills with 12 buckles to explore as well as a threading exercise!

wooden sensory bin tools that are great for fine motor skills through play

Sensory Bin Tools

This set comes with 7 items including bowls, scoops, and a tong. A great set for learning practical life skills through sensory play.

color recognition sorting rainbow fine motor skills

Color Sorting Rainbow

Strengthen motor skills while using tongs to color sort this beautifully crafted rainbow! Caution: small parts!

fine motor skills alphabet recognition maze

Alphabet Maze

This magnetic maze activity is a fun way to strengthen fine motor skills while also building upon letter recognition skills!

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Autumn Activity for Preschool – Easy Pine Cone Pom Pom

Autumn Activity for Preschool – Easy Pine Cone Pom Pom

Autumn Activity for Preschool – Easy Pine Cone Pom Pom

autumn activity preschool pine cone fine motor skills

This autumn activity for preschool using pine cones and pom poms is a great way to use ordinary objects for strengthening fine motor skills! 

Fine Motor Skills Shine with This Autumn Activity for Preschool

Hiding pom poms inside pine cones and then tasking your preschooler to pick them out, may look easy, but it can be tricky for little hands!

Their hands and fingers will have to coordinate with their eyes to remove each, one at a time. Their pincer grasp will be strengthened as they are removed too!

Plus, tasking them to remove all of the pom poms and then providing other sensory materials like water and some cups is a fun way to turn this fine motor skills activity into a sensory play activity! 

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Watch This Autumn Activity for Preschool

Watch this fine motor skills activity in action! 

You’ll see how my daughter, at 2 years old, enjoyed picking the pom poms out of the pine cone and then asked for water to turn this set up also into a sensory play activity.

I quickly added faux leaves (use real fall leaves if you have them!) and other fall-themed items along with sensory tools. She enjoyed picking all the pom poms and mixing everything up into a watery soup!

 

Watch This Autumn Activity for Preschool

Watch this fine motor skills activity in action! 

You’ll see how my daughter, at 2 years old, enjoyed picking the pom poms out of the pine cone and then asked for water to turn this set up also into a sensory play activity.

I quickly added faux leaves (use real fall leaves if you have them!) and other fall-themed items along with sensory tools. She enjoyed picking all the pom poms and mixing everything up into a watery soup!

thanksgiving printable activities worksheets

More Autumn Activities for Preschool

We love all things Fall and have created a bunch of different printable activities that can extend the playful learning!

First off, don’t miss our Thanksgiving bundle of activities – it includes 16 unique activities that will help your kiddo strengthen scissor skills, alphabet recognition, number recognition, fine motor skills, writing, coloring, phonics, matching, and so much more.

We also have a fun Fall Leaf Craft that is a really great way for kids to visualize a leaf transforming from a green leaf into a colorful Autumn leaf!

Plus, our free printables Pin the Peg on the Turkey and Trace the Pumpkins worksheet will continue to strengthen kid’s fine motor skills!

 

Materials

  • Acorns
  • Water
  • Tongs, Spoon, or other tools

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Place pom poms into pine cones. The further you place them inside, the harder it will be for your kiddo to pick out!

Step 2

Provide the pom pom-stuffed pine cones to your kiddo along with other sensory materials to extend the play!

Step 1

Place pom poms into pine cones. The further you place them inside, the harder it will be for your kiddo to pick out!

Step 2

Provide the pom pom-stuffed pine cones to your kiddo along with other sensory materials to extend the play!

Benefits of This Autumn Activity for Toddlers

For all the reasons listed above, the main benefit of this activity is strengthening fine motor skills! Fine motor skills are incredibly important and an essential part of early childhood development.

Additionally, this activity provides a fun sensory experience if you also include water and other textures to explore.

Providing objects that are Autumn-themed can spark conversations all about Fall, leaves, acorns, and the cooler weather which is great for language development!

autumn activity preschool pine cone fine motor skills

For more fun fine motor skills activities, check out our comprehensive list!

autumn activity preschool pine cone fine motor skills

Benefits of This Autumn Activity for Toddlers

For all the reasons listed above, the main benefit of this activity is strengthening fine motor skills! Fine motor skills are incredibly important and an essential part of early childhood development.

Additionally, this activity provides a fun sensory experience if you also include water and other textures to explore.

Providing objects that are Autumn-themed can spark conversations all about Fall, leaves, acorns, and the cooler weather which is great for language development!

For more fun fine motor skills activities, check out our comprehensive list!

More Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

Here are some top picks for games and tools that will strengthen motor skills!

fine motor skills buckles and strings toy

Buckle and Threading Pillow

This colorful pillow is fantastic for fine motor skills with 12 buckles to explore as well as a threading exercise!

wooden sensory bin tools that are great for fine motor skills through play

Sensory Bin Tools

This set comes with 7 items including bowls, scoops, and a tong. A great set for learning practical life skills through sensory play.

color recognition sorting rainbow fine motor skills

Color Sorting Rainbow

Strengthen motor skills while using tongs to color sort this beautifully crafted rainbow! Caution: small parts!

fine motor skills alphabet recognition maze

Alphabet Maze

This magnetic maze activity is a fun way to strengthen fine motor skills while also building upon letter recognition skills!

What’s Next?

Jelly Sensory Play – Make a Zombie Brain with Bugs

Jelly Sensory Play – Make a Zombie Brain with Bugs

Jelly Sensory Play – How to Make a Zombie Brain with Bugs

jelly sensory play spooky halloween fine motor skills bugs brain zombie with oobleck

This jelly sensory play is all about making an ooey gooey zombie brain that is full of creepy critters! Keep on reading to find out how to make it, as well as an alternative version with frozen oobleck!

A Spooky Jelly Sensory Play

Kiddos will channel their inner surgeon with this spooky jelly sensory play set-up! Creating a jelly brain is anything but complicated – it takes all of a few minutes to mix up and then just pop it in the fridge to set!

Once set, the texture is so fun to explore and poke syringes full of colored water! Plus, including bugs inside the brain is a fun way to work on fine motor skills using tongs and a knife as a tool!

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How to Make This Jelly Sensory Play Activity

Watch the video to see how easy this jelly brain is to make, and how fun it is to play with!

You’ll see how my daughter, age 3, enjoyed injecting the brain with colored water, using the tongs to pick out each bug and wash them! These tools are so great for fine motor skills!

Once she removed all the bugs she explored the sensory properties of the leftover jelly!

How to Make This Jelly Sensory Play Activity

Watch the video to see how easy this jelly brain is to make, and how fun it is to play with!

You’ll see how my daughter, age 3, enjoyed injecting the brain with colored water, using the tongs to pick out each bug and wash them! These tools are so great for fine motor skills!

Once she removed all the bugs she explored the sensory properties of the leftover jelly!

jelly sensory play spooky halloween fine motor skills bugs brain zombie

Tips for Making This Ooey Gooey Sensory Activity!

Whether you want a spooky, creepy activity for Halloween, or you simply have a bug fan who will love digging for bugs, this will be a fun activity for you!

Keep in mind that gelatin takes time to set, so be sure to look at the directions on your packaging and plan accordingly!

There is no need for sugary gelatin! We used the most simple, non-flavored gelatin. After all, sensory play is not about eating sensory bases, so we wouldn’t want to encourage that with presenting a yummy jello! Instead, we opted for a flavorless brand. The good news for young toddlers and older babies is that if they do happen to put the jelly in their mouth, it is harmless and taste-safe!

If your kiddo absolutely loves all things bugs, we have a few activities you won’t want to miss! Like our DIY Mud Bug Activity, a spider handprint craft, and our printable all about insects!

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

If using Gelatine brand of gelatin, pour 1 cup water into the brain mold and sprinkle one packet of gelatin on top. (a box of Gelatine comes with 4 packets and you will use them all!).

Step 2

Arrange the insects into the mold.

Step 3

Mix 3 cups water and the remaining 3 packets of Gelatine into a saucepan or microwave safe container and bring to a boil. We used the microwave method.

Step 4

Pour the gelatin mixture into the mold.

Step 5

Pop it in the refrigerator for several hours until the gelatin is set.

Step 6

Once set, use a spatula to carefully remove the gelatin brain from the mold. If necessary, place the mold in warm water to loosen. Set up the activity with a few surgical tools and colored water, and it’s time to dissect!

Step 1

If using Gelatine brand of gelatin, pour 1 cup water into the brain mold and sprinkle one packet of gelatin on top. (a box of Gelatine comes with 4 packets and you will use them all!).

Step 2

Arrange the insects into the mold.

Step 3

Mix 3 cups water and the remaining 3 packets of Gelatine into a saucepan or microwave safe container and bring to a boil. We used the microwave method.

Step 4

Pour the gelatin mixture into the mold.

Step 5

Pop it in the refrigerator for several hours until the gelatin is set.

Step 6

Once set, use a spatula to carefully remove the gelatin brain from the mold. If necessary, place the mold in warm water to loosen. Set up the activity with a few surgical tools and colored water, and it’s time to dissect!

Frozen Oobleck Brain Alternative

This jelly sensory play isn’t the only way to explore the brain! We’ve also hidden bugs inside a frozen oobleck brain!

This activity great for learning about the states of matter and viscosity. In other words, playing with oobleck can teach kids about how solids and liquids can change states, as well as learn about the thickness of the oobleck.

Here’s how you can make this version!

Step 1

Combine 2 cups corn starch with 1 cup water.

Step 2

Add a few drops of food coloring if you’d like.

Step 3

Add creepy critters to a mold.

jelly sensory play spooky halloween fine motor skills bugs brain zombie with oobleck

Step 4

Pour the oobleck mixture into the mold.

Step 5

Pop it in the freezer for an hour.

Step 6

Once frozen, set it up with a few surgical tools and it’s time to dissect!

jelly sensory play spooky halloween fine motor skills bugs brain zombie with oobleck

Frozen Oobleck Brain Alternative

This jelly sensory play isn’t the only way to explore the brain! We’ve also hidden bugs inside a frozen oobleck brain!

This activity great for learning about the states of matter and viscosity. In other words, playing with oobleck can teach kids about how solids and liquids can change states, as well as learn about the thickness of the oobleck.

Here’s how you can make this version!

Step 1

Combine 2 cups corn starch with 1 cup water.

Step 2

Add a few drops of food coloring if you’d like.

Step 3

Add creepy critters to a mold.

Step 4

Pour the oobleck mixture into the mold.

Step 5

Pop it in the freezer for an hour.

Step 6

Once frozen, set it up with a few surgical tools and it’s time to dissect!

 

More Sensory Bases to Explore

Beyond this creepy jelly sensory play. Here are some more sensory bases to explore!

slime kit sensory play for kids

The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

sensory sand play for kids

Sensory Sand

Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

play dough wild dough sensory

Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

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Make Oobleck with a Pumpkin Autumn Twist

Make Oobleck with a Pumpkin Autumn Twist

Make Oobleck with a Pumpkin Autumn Twist

make oobleck with a fall twist pumpkin spice soup sensory play

This fun sensory activity is where you’ll make oobleck and inspire your kiddo to tap into their inner chef to whip up some pumpkin spice goop soup! 

This is one of those set ups that will have kids engaged for a long time! Keep on reading to find out all the loose parts we included and how to make orange oobleck!

What is Oobleck and How Do You Make It?

Never heard of oobleck (aka goop)? Don’t wait another day! It’s so easy to make! Plain oobleck has a 2 to 1 ratio of corn starch to water! For this set up, I added a pinch of orange food coloring too. The consistency is the coolest — it’s both a liquid and a solid, depending on how you are playing with it. (Rest your hand on top of it: liquid. Squeeze it in your fist: solid.)

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How to Make and Play with Pumpkin-Themed Oobleck 

It takes all of a few minutes to whip up a batch of oobleck! Adding in some orange coloring and providing other fun items likes pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, and rosemary really enhances the sensory experience!

Of course, try to save a pumpkin shell too because it makes for the perfect bowl to hold your kiddo’s pumpkin soup creation!

How to Make and Play with Pumpkin-Themed Oobleck 

It takes all of a few minutes to whip up a batch of oobleck! Adding in some orange coloring and providing other fun items likes pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, and rosemary to chop up really enhances the sensory experience!

Of course, try to save a pumpkin shell too because it makes for the perfect bowl to hold your kiddo’s pumpkin soup creation!

make oobleck with a fall twist pumpkin spice soup sensory play

Tips on Embracing the Mess!

Oobleck can definitely make a mess, but heres’ the good news – it’s relatively easy to clean up!

If you can, do it outside, like us. This will allow you to likely be able to spray down the play table with a hose and have everything cleaned up in minutes.

If doing it inside is the only option, lay down some towels to catch anything that falls from the table. Then, make sure you either dispose of the oobleck in the trash can or thoroughly dilute it with water so that it is no longer bound together. I have heard that if you dump it in the sink before diluting oobleck, it can clog pipes!

When oobleck dries, what you are left with is powdery corn starch which can also be easily cleaned up off the floor with a vacuum or broom!

Materials

  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Rosemary

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

To make the oobleck, mix in a bowl 2 cups corn starch with 1 cup water plus food coloring. The consistency should allow one to squeeze the oobleck in the hand to make a solid and when released it turns into a liquid and will fall from the hand.

Step 2

For the set up, provide Fall-themed objects like pumpkin shells for bowls, a spoonful of pumpkin seeds, sprigs of rosemary, and some cinnamon. Also provide a bin of water nearby so kids can clean the oobleck off their hands throughout the time playing!

Step 1

To make the oobleck, mix in a bowl 2 cups corn starch with 1 cup water plus food coloring. The consistency should allow one to squeeze the oobleck in the hand to make a solid and when released it turns into a liquid and will fall from the hand.

Step 2

For the set up, provide Fall-themed objects like pumpkin shells for bowls, a spoonful of pumpkin seeds, sprigs of rosemary, and some cinnamon. Also provide a bin of water nearby so kids can clean the oobleck off their hands throughout the time playing!

The Benefits of Sensory Play

Sensory play is not only great for having the kids learn about their senses and how important they are, but it’s also great for working on fine motor skills too. 

Every time the kids scoop, pinch, pat, or just squeeze anything in this sensory activity, they’re using their hands, eyes, and other senses to learn.

These are skills that they can quickly grow upon as they get older and will use in their everyday lives. 

This activity also helps the kids learn about creativity and shows the importance of using their imagination as well. The more they can play and create, the more their love for learning and play will grow.

make oobleck with a fall twist pumpkin spice soup sensory play

For more sensory play ideas, visit our comprehensive list!

make oobleck with a fall twist pumpkin spice soup sensory play

The Benefits of Sensory Play

Sensory play is not only great for having the kids learn about their senses and how important they are, but it’s also great for working on fine motor skills too. 

Every time the kids scoop, pinch, pat, or just squeeze anything in this sensory activity, they’re using their hands, eyes, and other senses to learn.

These are skills that they can quickly grow upon as they get older and will use in their everyday lives. 

This activity also helps the kids learn about creativity and shows the importance of using their imagination as well. The more they can play and create, the more their love for learning and play will grow.

For more sensory play ideas, visit our comprehensive list!

More Sensory Bases to Explore

Here are my top picks for sensory bases you can buy!

sensory sand play for kids

Kinetic Sand

Kinetic sand is moldable! This bulk pack of sensory sand comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

play dough wild dough sensory

Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

slime kit sensory play for kids

The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

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Q-Tip Skeleton Craft with Easy Play Dough Recipe

Q-Tip Skeleton Craft with Easy Play Dough Recipe

Q-Tip Skeleton Craft with Easy Play Dough Recipe

q-tip skeleton craft cotton swabs sensory play dough

This Q-Tip skeleton craft is where sensory play and anatomy collide! Cotton swab bones and DIY black play dough combine to look like x-rays! Keep on reading for the simple recipe!

Where Sensory Play Meets Q-Tip Skeleton Craft

Making and playing with play dough is such a fun sensory activity in and of itself! Adding cookie cutters shaped like people or animals along with Q-Tips as bones is a fun way to make mini x-rays and spark conversations all about skeletal systems!

It is never too early to start learning about our bodies and bones, and this is a fun hands on way to do it! Plus, definitely download our free printable worksheets all about the Systems of the Human Body. It has a skeletal system page that will allow kids to discover and better visualize how the bones look inside our bodies!  

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How to Make Black Play Dough for This Q-Tip Skeleton Craft 

In this video you’ll see how to make this easy play dough. It takes all of 10 minutes to make and pairs perfectly with this Q-Tip skeleton craft!

You can easily use this recipe to make play dough in any color you like!

Stretch it, mold it, pull it, push it – play dough is an amazing tool to strengthen fine motor skills at the youngest of ages! 

How to Make Black Play Dough for This Q-Tip Skeleton Craft 

In this video you’ll see how to make this easy play dough. It takes all of 10 minutes to make and pairs perfectly with this Q-Tip skeleton craft!

You can easily use this recipe to make play dough in any color you like!

Stretch it, mold it, pull it, push it – play dough is an amazing tool to strengthen fine motor skills at the youngest of ages! 

Invitation to Create a Skeleton

We love setting up trays that organize all the materials in different sections! This truly invites them to participate without getting overwhelmed and to explore with full understanding of what items they have to work with.

You can grab a tray like the one pictured sometimes at Dollar Tree, or one of our favorites has removable sections!

Make sure to cut up the Q-Tips into varying lengths – small, medium, large, and just the cotton ends too! Just like the bones inside bodies, there should be a lot of variety! Plus, throw in some googly eyes to make your mini skeletons come to life!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

q-tip skeleton craft cotton swabs sensory play dough
q-tip skeleton craft cotton swabs sensory play dough

Invitation to Create a Skeleton

We love setting up trays that organize all the materials in different sections! This truly invites them to participate without getting overwhelmed and to explore with full understanding of what items they have to work with.

You can grab a tray like the one pictured sometimes at Dollar Tree, or one of our favorites has removable sections!

Make sure to cut up the Q-Tips into varying lengths – small, medium, large, and just the cotton ends too! Just like the bones inside bodies, there should be a lot of variety! Plus, throw in some googly eyes to make your mini skeletons come to life!

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Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Mix together all of the ingredients into a bowl except the water and food coloring.

Step 2

Add black food coloring to water and boil.

 

Step 3

Wear gloves and mix the *very hot* water into the play dough mixture by hand to make sure that the dough is kneaded thoroughly.

Step 4

Provide Q-Tips, cookie cutters, and googley eyes to complete the invitation to create skeletons!

Step 1

Mix together all of the ingredients into a bowl but don’t add in the water.

Step 2

Add black food coloring to water and boil.

Step 3

Wear gloves and mix the *very hot* water into the play dough mixture by hand to make sure that the dough is kneaded thoroughly.

Step 4

Provide Q-Tips, cookie cutters, and googley eyes to complete the invitation to create skeletons!

More Ways to Explore Skeletons with Q-Tips!

If your kiddo is interested in the skeletal system, you have to try our free printable cotton swab skeleton puzzles!

This printable skeleton activity includes 6 different skeleton puzzles that use cotton swabs for the puzzle pieces! From a human skeleton, to a fish, dog, cat, bird, and snake – this is a great way to introduce skeleton systems! Plus, it’s definitely a fun one for Halloween time!

Speaking of Halloween, don’t miss our printable bundle of Halloween-themed activities which is full of Halloween activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartens to learn early childhood education skills!

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skeleton printable cotton swab activity for kids halloween anatomy

More Ways to Explore Skeletons with Q-Tips!

If your kiddo is interested in the skeletal system, you have to try our free printable cotton swab skeleton puzzles!

This printable skeleton activity includes 6 different skeleton puzzles that use cotton swabs for the puzzle pieces! From a human skeleton, to a fish, dog, cat, bird, and snake – this is a great way to introduce skeleton systems! Plus, it’s definitely a fun one for Halloween time!

Speaking of Halloween, don’t miss our printable bundle of Halloween-themed activities which is full of Halloween activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartens to learn early childhood education skills!

More Ways to Learn About the Human Body

Here are my top picks for toys that are all about the body, anatomy and human biology!

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Organ Apron

Here is a life-size puzzle you can wear and learn all about anatomy! The set includes removable organs and an apron!

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Human Body System Set

These magnetic pieces are a 3D puzzle! It has anatomically correct pieces for both boys and girls for learning body systems!

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3D Human Model

This fun set includes soft, squishy organs and hard, removable bones. It is an interactive and sensory based puzzle!

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Anatomy Doll

Science has never been so cuddly! Explore organs and the human body with this doll that unbuttons at the chest to reveal organs and body sounds!

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Pumpkin Activities – Being Creative with a Real Pumpkin

Pumpkin Activities – Being Creative with a Real Pumpkin

Pumpkin Activities – Being Creative with a Real Pumpkin

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These pumpkin activities are a fun way for kids to crack open a pumpkin and create some fun festive decor while learning about plants!

Using a pumpkin as the pot, you can use it to contain a bouquet of cut flowers, or be the home to flowers still growing in dirt, and our absolute favorite, growing pumpkin seeds inside the pumpkin itself! Keep on reading to find out how to make each!

Pumpkin Activities Double As Fall Decor

From planting seeds, to replanting flowers, and assembling cut flowers, so much can be learned about gardening and pumpkins while making Fall decor in the process! We love using these as centerpieces on our Thanksgiving table, and on our front porch during Halloween!  

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Watch the Video to See How to Make 3 Pumpkin Activities!

In this video, you’ll see how easy it is to make festive floral arrangements inside the pumpkin itself!

Plus, you’ll see how fun it is to plant the pumpkin’s seeds right back inside the pumpkin! It takes less than 7 days to see the pumpkin sprouts arise from the dirt.

This is a great opportunity to talk about living plants, cut plants, and planting seeds!

Watch the Video to See How to Make 3 Pumpkin Activities!

In this video, you’ll see how easy it is to make festive floral arrangements inside the pumpkin itself!

Plus, you’ll see how fun it is to plant the pumpkin’s seeds right back inside the pumpkin! It takes less than 7 days to see the pumpkin sprouts arise from the dirt.

This is a great opportunity to talk about living plants, cut plants, and planting seeds!

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How to Make a “Hairy Pumpkin” and Other Pumpkin Activities

The supplies are simple and super adaptable! Grown ups should do the cutting of the top of the pumpkins, but kiddos can lead the rest!

Each activity has it’s own process, but the results for each are stunning and the perfect Fall decor!

For the “Hairy Pumpkin,” not only is it fun to plant the seeds and see sprouts grow within a week, but you could also extend the activity by treating it like a chia pet and giving the pumpkin a haircut! Alternatively, if your weather permits it, you can plant the pumpkin and perhaps grow your own pumpkin patch for next year! 

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Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

To Make the “Hairy Pumpkin”

Adult to cut the top of the pumpkin and pierce the bottom a few times for drainage. Then, have your kiddos: remove the seeds, add dirt into the pumpkin shell, sprinkle seeds on top, and cover seeds with dirt. Give water and sunlight, and within a week, you should see sprouts!

For a Halloween look, use a black permanent marker to create eyes, a nose, and a mouth for a pumpkin face!

Keep in mind that the pumpkins will start to decompose (the warmer the climate, the quicker). We had to keep ours inside with air-conditioned temperature. When we tried this outside, the pumpkins rotted very quickly, and birds ate the seeds!

To Use the Pumpkin as Pot for Plants

Adult to cut the top of the pumpkin and pierce the bottom a few times for drainage. Then, have your kiddos: remove the seeds and add a potted plant. You can use flowers or herbs for example! Add extra dirt if necessary and water regularly. We keep these inside as table centerpieces and bring them outside during the days leading up to Halloween!

To Use the Pumpkin as a Vase

Adult to cut the top of the pumpkin. Then, have your kiddos remove the seeds, add a tin can inside the pumpkin, fill with water, and add the cut flowers into the can! This beautiful arrangement also makes for a great centerpiece!

To Make the “Hairy Pumpkin”

Adult to cut the top of the pumpkin and pierce the bottom a few times for drainage. Then, have your kiddos: remove the seeds, add dirt into the pumpkin shell, sprinkle seeds on top, and cover seeds with dirt. Give water and sunlight, and within a week, you should see sprouts!

For a Halloween look, use a black permanent marker to create eyes, a nose, and a mouth for a pumpkin face!

Keep in mind that the pumpkins will start to decompose (the warmer the climate, the quicker). We had to keep ours inside with air-conditioned temperature. When we tried this outside, the pumpkins rotted very quickly, and birds ate the seeds!

To Use the Pumpkin as Pot for Plants

Adult to cut the top of the pumpkin and pierce the bottom a few times for drainage. Then, have your kiddos: remove the seeds and add a potted plant. You can use flowers or herbs for example! Add extra dirt if necessary and water regularly. We keep these inside as table centerpieces and bring them outside during the days leading up to Halloween!

To Use the Pumpkin as a Vase

Adult to cut the top of the pumpkin. Then, have your kiddos remove the seeds, add a tin can inside the pumpkin, fill with water, and add the cut flowers into the can! This beautiful arrangement also makes for a great centerpiece!

 

 

Don’t Miss Our Halloween Printable Activities!

This printable bundle of Halloween-themed activities is full of Halloween activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartens to learn early childhood education skills!

It has 2 dozen unique activities that will be sure to keep the kids busy and learning the whole month of October!

Activities include shape recognition, matching, phonics, letter recognition, counting, number recognition, coloring, writing practice, scissor skills, emotions, measurements, and patterns to name a few!

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halloween worksheets printable early childhood education skills

Don’t Miss Our Halloween Printable Activities!

This printable bundle of Halloween-themed activities is full of Halloween activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartens to learn early childhood education skills!

It has 2 dozen unique activities that will be sure to keep the kids busy and learning the whole month of October!

Activities include shape recognition, matching, phonics, letter recognition, counting, number recognition, coloring, writing practice, scissor skills, emotions, measurements, and patterns to name a few!

More Ways to Explore Gardening with Kids

Here are my top picks for gifts for a little one who has a green thumb!

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Plant Growth Kit

This kit provides the perfect view of the plant life cycle. It comes with this self-standing planter that can be placed on a tabletop or window sill.

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Kid’s Workbench

This 2-in-1, child-sized potting bench has a flat work surface for seed starting, potting up plants and maintaining potted plants.

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Veggie Garden Kit

This egg carton garden includs 6 packages of heirloom seeds, starter soil, wooden stakes, instructions, a journal, and the egg carton planter!

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Wooden Gardening Pretend Play Toy

This adorable set is a great way to spark a young gardener’s imagination. It comes with 3 seed packets, 3 flower pots with a sunflower, carrot and tomato plant!

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Magnetic Slime Recipe, Awesome & Easy Science Project

Magnetic Slime Recipe, Awesome & Easy Science Project

Magnetic Slime Recipe
Awesome and Easy Science Activity

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This magnetic slime recipe is the coolest! It is the best excuse to play with slime while learning about what scientific magnetic forces are! The way the slime seemingly “swallows up” the magnet is creepy and cool at the same time – like a black blob coming to life! Keep on reading to learn how easy it is to make!

Where Science Meets Slime

Science and slime go hand and hand. Even when you make a standard slime recipe, there is so much scientific learning going on! Kids can gather a set of ingredients and see how they react with each other to activate a slimy matter you can play with.

This magnetic slime recipe takes it to the next level by adding iron into the mix so that it can interact with a powerful magnet. This will have the kids dive in and be curious to learn more about the science behind magnetic forces.

 

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Watch How to Make This Magnetic Slime Recipe

Making magnetic slime is so easy! It takes all of a few minutes to mix together, but will result in a tremendous amount of engaged playful learning. Trust me, you’ll be hearing lots of giggles as the black blob-like slime “eats up” the magnet over and over again.

It is so much fun to experiment with how the slime and the magnet interact – hold the magnet from above to see the slime climb up, or hold it to the side to see the slime slither towards it! 

Watch How to Make This Magnetic Slime Recipe

Making magnetic slime is so easy! It takes all of a few minutes to mix together, but will result in a tremendous amount of engaged playful learning. Trust me, you’ll be hearing lots of giggles as the black blob-like slime “swallows up” the magnet over and over again.

It is so much fun to experiment with how the slime and the magnet interact – hold the magnet from above to see the slime climb up, or hold it to the side to see the slime slither towards it! 

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Tips on Safely Making This Magnetic Slime Recipe

Black Iron Oxide. This iron powder is what makes the slime magnetic. You’ll want to make sure the grown ups are the only ones who handle the mixing of the powder into the slime to avoid any accidental inhalation or spilling of the bag, because that will result in a big mess! 

Neodymium Magnet. A normal magnet will not be strong enough for this experiment. Instead, you’ll have to get a Neodymium Magnet. Keep in mind that since these magnets are very strong they can be dangerous if there are other strong magnets around your activity space. Be sure to test the environment before conducting the experiment with the kids. Wear gloves and eyewear if there is any uncertainty. What you want to avoid is the magnet attaching to another strong magnet with such force that it shatters.  This can easily happen if you have 2 Neodymium Magnets next to each other.

This activity must be supervised, and the slime is not safe for consumption. Magnets should never be put in the mouth. Wash hands thoroughly after engaging with any kind of slime activity. All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Combine glue with water.

Step 2

Add iron oxide powder (to be done by Adults Only!)

Step 3

Add liquid starch.

Step 4

Stir until combined. Now the magnetic slime recipe is ready for experimentation, so grab your ultra-powerful magnet and enjoy!

Step 1

Combine glue with water.

Step 2

Add iron oxide powder (to be done by Adults Only!)

Step 3

Add liquid starch.

Step 4

Stir until combined. Now this magnetic slime recipe is ready for experimentation, so grab your ultra-powerful magnet and enjoy!

The Science Behind Magnetic Slime Recipe

It goes without saying that this magnetic slime recipe is such a fun way to learn about magnets and magnetic forces! First off, it’s important to know that magnets are all around us – from simply holding up pictures on your refrigerator, to helping cabinets firmly shut, and they are also inside complex devices like phone and computers.

Magnets produce a magnetic field, which is a force that attracts other materials that contain iron. Adding iron to slime allows the slime to become magnetized when you hold it close to a strong neodymium magnet.  

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For more fun science experiments, check out our comprehensive list!

egg slime sensory play taste safe slime

The Science Behind Magnetic Slime Recipe

It goes without saying that this magnetic slime recipe is such a fun way to learn about magnets and magnetic forces! First off, it’s important to know that magnets are all around us – from simply holding up pictures on your refrigerator, to helping cabinets firmly shut, and they are also inside complex devices like phone and computers.

Magnets produce a magnetic field, which is a force that attracts other materials that contain iron. Adding iron to slime allows the slime to become magnetized when you hold it close to a strong neodymium magnet.  

For more fun science experiments, check out our comprehensive list!

More Sensory Bases to Explore

Here are my top picks for different types of sensory bases.

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Sensory Sand

Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

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Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

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Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

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The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

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Hydrophobic Sand – How to Make Magic Sand

Hydrophobic Sand – How to Make Magic Sand

Hydrophobic Sand – How to Make Magic Sand

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Hydrophobic sand, also known as Magic Sand, is sand that doesn’t get wet! The kids are going to be obsessed with this Magic Sand! It’s literally sand that just doesn’t get wet! Just when you thought that it sand couldn’t get any better, along comes this simple sensory activity that is going to have the kids thinking that you have a bunch of magic tricks hiding up your sleeves!  Keep on reading to find out how to make this fun science-based activity for kids! 

What is Hydrophobic Sand?

If something is hydrophobic it means it repeals water and cannot be mixed with it. For example, oil is hydrophobic and so are some leaves.  Sand is not normally hydrophobic.  Rather, when it comes in contact with water, dry sand will become wet and moldable – after all, that’s the beauty of building sand castles! This recipe adds a water-repellant to the sand making it hydrophobic so that when it is immersed in water you can take it out and it will still be perfectly dry, like magic!

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Watch How to Make Hydrophobic Sand

The kids just might not believe you right away when you tell them that this sand is water-resistant. How in the world can there be sand that doesn’t absorb water and instantly become a sticky and messy mess?

Making Magic Sand is super easy, it just requires 2 supplies, including the sand. Since it involves using a lot of water-proof spray I recommend that the grown ups are the ones who make this and the kids can enjoy the magic once it’s done!

 

Watch How to Make Hydrophobic Sand

The kids just might not believe you right away when you tell them that this sand is water-resistant. How in the world can there be sand that doesn’t absorb water and instantly become a sticky and messy mess?

Making Magic Sand is super easy, it just requires 2 supplies, including the sand. Since it involves using a lot of water-proof spray I recommend that the grown ups are the ones who make this and the kids can enjoy the magic once it’s done!

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Setting Up a Hydrophobic Sand Activity

This activity is so adaptable! I included Sponge Bob Squarepants figurines in our set up, but feel free to switch that up, or simply focus on the hydrophobic sand by itself.

This is a great opportunity to showcase the science of a something being hydrophobic. You could have one cup of Magic Sand and one cup that has not been made into Magic Sand and have your kiddo compare the results of when each sand comes in contact with water. 

I used pre-colored sand for this to save some time, but you don’t even need any color at all to enjoy the magic of hydrophobic sand. However, whether you used colored sand or not, make sure you use a sand that is coarse. The finer the sand, the hard it will to be to apply the water-proof spray.

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Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

On a baking pan lined with aluminum foil, spread out a thin layer of sand. If you are making multiple colors, you may want to separate them with a taped foil partition as pictured in the video! That way, the colors are less likely to mix (and you save yourself multiple pans to clean!)

Step 2

Spray the sand with water-proof spray (to be performed by an adult!)

Step 3

Let the sand dry for about 10-15 minutes.

For best results, repeat steps 2 and 3 at least a few times. We did it three times.

Allow the sand to dry. Since our layer was on the thicker side, we let it dry overnight.

Step 1

On a baking pan lined with aluminum foil, spread out a thin layer of sand. If you are making multiple colors, you may want to separate them with a taped foil partition as pictured in the video! That way, the colors are less likely to mix (and you save yourself multiple pans to clean!)

Step 2

Spray the sand with water-proof spray (to be performed by an adult!)

Step 3

Let the sand dry for about 10-15 minutes. For best results, repeat steps 2 and 3 at least a few times. We did it three times.

Allow the sand to dry. Since our layer was on the thicker side, we let it dry overnight.

Tips for Making Hydrophobic Sand

Sand Type. Make sure it is not too fine. The goal when applying the water-resistant spray is to cover the grain of sand entirely. So the coarser the sand, the easier it will be to cover without having to apply the spray a million times!

Thin Layer. Keep the layer of sand you are spraying thin. The deeper the batch you are working with, the longer it will take for the spray to dry to make the sand hydrophobic!

For more sensory play or science-based activities visit our comprehensive lists!

hydrophobic sand magic sand science project for kids water resistant
hydrophobic sand magic sand science project for kids water resistant

Tips for Making Hydrophobic Sand

Sand Type. Make sure it is not too fine. The goal when applying the water-resistant spray is to cover the grain of sand entirely. So the coarser the sand, the easier it will be to cover without having to apply the spray a million times!

Thin Layer. Keep the layer of sand you are spraying thin. The deeper the batch you are working with, the longer it will take for the spray to dry to make the sand hydrophobic!

For more sensory play or science-based activities visit our comprehensive lists!

More Sensory Bases to Explore

Here are my top picks for sensory activities that kids will love!

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Hydrophobic Sand Kit

If you want to do this activity, but are short on time, this hydrophobic sand kit is for you! It comes with 6 colors, a jar, and a small mesh strainer!

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Sensory Sand

Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

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Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

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Water Beads

This set comes in 3 different sizes – small, medium, and large. Water beads are non toxic and reusable, and recommended for children 3 and up.

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Shaving Cream Slime Recipe – How to Make Fluffy Slime

Shaving Cream Slime Recipe – How to Make Fluffy Slime

Shaving Cream Slime Recipe – How to Make Fluffy Slime

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This shaving cream slime recipe makes vibrantly colored fluffy slime! It is super simple to make and has the coolest fluffy, puffy texture! Keep on reading to find out how you can easily make it too! 

Getting Over the Mess of Slime!

We’re big fans of slime in our house. And while I know that slime can be messy, it’s also such a great sensory and calm down tool for us. 

Plus, I discovered that slime can be easily cleaned up off of clothes, the rug, and even hair with one simple ingredient – white vinegar! This made dealing with the mess a whole lot easier and we embrace it whole-heartedly!

If you want to try a really cool slime recipe that you can pop, check out our Bubble Slime Recipe! Or if your child is a bit too young for slime, definitely try our taste-safe slime recipe that looks like an egg!

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This Puffy, Shaving Cream Slime Recipe in Action!

You’re going to find that making slime is really simple and easy to do. And this very is extra fun because of the fluffy texture! It’s so simple, and the kids can even join in and make this slime recipe themselves. We love to use this as a fun science activity or a great way to break up a rainy day. 

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This Puffy, Shaving Cream Slime Recipe in Action!

You’re going to find that making slime is really simple and easy to do. And this recipe is extra fun because of the fluffy texture! It’s so simple, and the kids can even join in and make this slime recipe themselves. We love to use this as a fun science activity or a great way to break up a rainy day.  

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

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Tips for Making This Shaving Cream Slime Recipe

Coloring. You can use liquid watercolors (like we did), or food coloring will work as well. We prefer liquid watercolors because they are non toxic and washable, and also come in much larger quantities than those small food coloring bottles!

Storage. Store in plastic container with lid and keep in mind that puffy slime will lose its puff, but can still be played with for up to several weeks if stored correctly!

Is you slime still too sticky? Just add and mix in more saline solution!

Did slime get on clothes, fabric, or hair? White vinegar to the rescue! Just soak affected area in water and vinegar, scrub, and the slime should dissolve easily!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Mix white glue, shaving cream, and baking soda in a bowl;

Step 2

Add saline solution and the mixture will start to form into slime.

 

Step 3

Coat hands with saline solution and knead the slime until it binds together and is no longer sticky, but still stretchy.

Step 4

To add a pop of color, drop in liquid watercolor a little at a time until slime has reached desired vibrancy! Split the pre-dyed batch up if you’d like multiple colors!

Step 1

Mix white glue, shaving cream, and baking soda in a bowl;

Step 2

Add saline solution and the mixture will start to form into slime.

Step 3

Coat hands with saline solution and knead the slime until it binds together and is no longer sticky, but still stretchy.

Step 4

To add a pop of color, drop in liquid watercolor a little at a time until slime has reached desired vibrancy! Split the pre-dyed batch up if you’d like multiple colors!

 

The Educational Benefits of this Fluffy Slime 

You’re going to love this slime recipe because it works on fine motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination. It’s also a great way to teach the kids about combining ingredients to make something fun and unique.

You can use this slime recipe to combine colors and teach them the importance of putting the slime away so that their creation stays good for many uses and fun. Slime is also great to use for sensory play because of how it feels and stretches.

how to make shaving cream puffy fluffy slime
how to make shaving cream puffy fluffy slime

The Educational Benefits of this Fluffy Slime 

You’re going to love this slime recipe because it works on fine motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination. It’s also a great way to teach the kids about combining ingredients to make something fun and unique.

You can use this slime recipe to combine colors and teach them the importance of putting the slime away so that their creation stays good for many uses and fun. Slime is also great to use for sensory play because of how it feels and stretches.

Other Sensory Bases to Explore!

There are so many sensory bases worth exploring. Here are just a few of our favorites!

slime kit and putty lab

The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

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Sensory Sand

Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

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Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

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Water Beads

This set comes in 3 different sizes – small, medium, and large. Water beads are non toxic and reusable, and recommended for children 3 and up.

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Magnetic Tile Toys – Unique Build-a-Robot Activity

Magnetic Tile Toys – Unique Build-a-Robot Activity

Magnetic Tile Toys – Unique Build-a-Robot Activity

magnetic tile toys robot activity

Magnetic tile toys are so versatile! Take a break from building castles, and build-a-robot using screws, nuts, bolts, and other metal objects for loose parts!

Why We Love Magnetic Tile Toys

When it comes to creative play, it’s important that you have some open-ended play toys for them to explore! Magnetic tiles allow kiddos to build imaginatively and confidently with the aid of a magnetic force! 

Not all magnetic tiles are alike though, which is why we love Connetix Magnetic Tiles. They are super strong, durable, vibrant, and have a fun beveled design. They have lots of sets to choose from including a ball run and car sets

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Setting Up Magnetic Tile Toys for a Build-a-Robot Activity

The great part about this fun activity is that all you need are magnetic tile toys and metal loose parts to start creating. Have the kiddos build the robot, or surprise them with a pre-built one and present a tray of bolts, screws, nuts, and other metal objects for them to decorate!

Watch the video to see the activity in action! I love how my daughter used allen wrenches as noses, and mason jar lids for eyes and ears!

Setting Up Magnetic Tile Toys for a Build-a-Robot Activity

The great part about this fun activity is that all you need are magnetic tile toys and metal loose parts to start creating. Have the kiddos build the robot, or surprise them with a pre-built one and present a tray of bolts, screws, nuts, and other metal objects for them to decorate!

Watch the video to see the activity in action! I love how my daughter used allen wrenches as noses, and mason jar lids for eyes and ears!

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Tips for Making This Magnetic Tile Robot

Choose Strong Magnetic Tiles. I’ve found that the stronger the magnetic tile toys, the longer lasting the play! No kiddo likes spending a bunch of time building something only to have it topple down because of weak magnets! That’s why we love Connetix Tiles. They are super strong!

Raid the Tool Box! After building a strong magnetic robot that won’t fall, the next best thing is finding lots of loose metal parts to stick to it. It’s amazing how quickly random metal parts can form to make fun facial features!

Invitation to Play Tray. Organize those loose metal parts into a tray with compartments! Kids can help sort and organize the different parts before building their robot!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Use your magnetic tile toys to create a robot. Be as creative as you want with the designs and colors!

Step 2

Raid the toolbox and use loose parts to decorate the magnetic tile robot with metal pieces that become facial features and clothes!

Step 1

Use your magnetic tile toys to create a robot. Be as creative as you want with the designs and colors!

Step 2

Raid the toolbox and use loose parts to decorate the magnetic tile robot with metal pieces that become facial features and clothes!

The Educational Benefits of Magnetic Tile Toys

There are a ton of great benefits of playing with magnetic tiles. Not only does this work the brain in creative ways but it pushes the kids to create and make something that they maybe wouldn’t have before. 

They will also be strengthening their hand muscles while working on their fine motor skills. Using their fingers to pick up all those tiles and small parts and place them together is the perfect practice! This will also work on their hand-eye coordination each time that they’re doing this. 

Building with magnetic tiles, whether a robot or not is the fundamentals of engineering!

magnetic tile toys robot activity

Kids can explore gravity, weight, symmetry, spatial awareness and more as they troubleshoot the best way to build creatively! For more science activities, visit our comprehensive list!

magnetic tile toys robot activity

The Educational Benefits of Magnetic Tile Toys

There are a ton of great benefits of playing with magnetic tiles. Not only does this work the brain in creative ways but it pushes the kids to create and make something that they maybe wouldn’t have before. 

They will also be strengthening their hand muscles while working on their fine motor skills. Using their fingers to pick up all those tiles and small parts and place them together is the perfect practice! This will also work on their hand-eye coordination each time that they’re doing this. 

Building with magnetic tiles, whether a robot or not is the fundamentals of engineering!

Kids can explore gravity, weight, symmetry, spatial awareness and more as they troubleshoot the best way to build creatively!

For more science activities, visit our comprehensive list!

More Ways to Explore Magnetic Tiles

There are lots of ways to play with magnetic tiles, here are a few of our favorite packs and sets!

connetix ball marble run magnetic tile

Ball Run

This 92 Piece Ball Run Pack is so much fun! Such a great way to expand magnetic tile play!

connetix car pack magnetic tiles

Car Pack

These magnetic tiles on wheels are an exciting way to put magnetic tiles on the move!

connetix magnetic tile

100 Piece Set

Spark hours of open ended play with this 100 piece set that will spark imaginations!

connetix geometric set magnetic tile

Geometric Shape Set

This set is all about integrating shapes, lines, angles, dimension, fractions, and more!

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Acorn Project – Easy Autumn Play Hack

Acorn Project – Easy Autumn Play Hack

Acorn Project – Easy Autumn Play Hack

acorn project science kids marble ball run

This acorn project is a fun way to reuse items and create a fun and interactive STEAM experience at the same time! If your kiddos are like mine, and love to fill their pockets up with fallen acorns, then they will have so much fun pairing it up with a fun marble run. 

A Nature and STEAM-Based Acorn Project

Children love to be outside and explore nature. And no doubt, kids will collect all sorts of things in their pockets. One of the most common items that they’ll likely find during the September and October months are acorns!

Creating an acorn drop with recycled bottles is budget-friendly and simple to set up, but the best part is the lesson they will get on physics! Angles, speed, quantity, problem-solving, gravity — it might look simple, but there’s a ton of learning going on here!

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An Acorn Project to Play with Over and Over Again!

Once they make their very first acorn drop, get ready. Their brains will be working and thinking about all the fun ways that they can keep adding to it for even more fun! It’s like you’re seeing them become an engineer right in front of your eyes! 

Make certain to let them be a part of the creation so that they can continue to think of fun new ways and ideas to try. It’s the perfect combination between critical thinking skills and analytical skills.

An Acorn Project to Play with Over and Over Again!

Once they make their very first acorn drop, get ready. Their brains will be working and thinking about all the fun ways that they can keep adding to it for even more fun! It’s like you’re seeing them become an engineer right in front of your eyes! 

Make certain to let them be a part of the creation so that they can continue to think of fun new ways and ideas to try. It’s the perfect combination between critical thinking skills and analytical skills.

acorn project science kids marble ball run

How to Create This Acorn Project Run

This acorn project is super adaptable! We raided our recycling bin and grabbed some decorative tape to make an Autumn-themed look!

Grown ups should use a sharp knife to cut holes into the plastic bottles for entry and exit points large enough for acorns to fit.

Make certain to challenge the kids to think of this as a puzzle. They need to create a maze for the acorn to make its way all the way from the top to the bottom without getting stuck or falling out. Using double sided tape will allow them to adjust their angles!

If at first, they don’t succeed, just rearrange and have them try again! 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Wash and dry some plastic bottles from the recycling bin! 

Step 2

Grown ups to use a sharp knife to create entry and exit points in the plastic bottles, large enough for acorns to go through.

Step 3

Decorate your bottles with an Autumn theme if you so wish! We kept ours up for several months so it was a nice fall-themed play area!

Step 4

Use strong double-sided tape to secure the bottles to the wall, angling them perfectly so that the acorn travels from the top to the bottom.

Step 5

Place a recycled bin or tray (ours was a mushroom container!) at the base of the acorn run for a “landing zone.”

Step 6

Drop the acorns and watch them fall from the top all the way to the bottom.

Step 1

Wash and dry some plastic bottles from the recycling bin! 

Step 2

Grown ups to use a sharp knife to create entry and exit points in the plastic bottles, large enough for acorns to go through.

Step 3

Decorate your bottles with an Autumn theme if you so wish! We kept ours up for several months so it was a nice fall-themed play area!

Step 4

Use strong double-sided tape to secure the bottles to the wall, angling them perfectly so that the acorn travels from the top to the bottom.

Step 5

Place a recycled bin or tray (ours was a mushroom container!) at the base of the acorn run for a “landing zone.”

Step 6

Drop the acorns and watch them fall from the top all the way to the bottom.

The Educational Benefits of This Acorn Activity

From engineering, to math, and art – this acorn activity touches on many aspects of STEAM education. Using an acorn was a fun way to integrate the Autumn season, but marble and ball runs can be created and played with any time of the year!

Whether playing with acorns, a ball, or a marble creating a”run” for them is a great way to learn about gravity, friction, angles, and speed! Problem solve, by rearranging and trying again! Plus, practice math skills by counting the numbers of items you have to go down the run. And use art skills to decorate the items being used!

acorn project science kids marble ball run

For another fun way to integrate nature with play, check out our project all about how to make a maze with nature items!

acorn project science kids marble ball run

The Educational Benefits of This Acorn Activity

From engineering, to math, and art – this acorn activity touches on many aspects of STEAM education. Using an acorn was a fun way to integrate the Autumn season, but marble and ball runs can be created and played with any time of the year!

Whether playing with acorns, a ball, or a marble creating a”run” for them is a great way to learn about gravity, friction, angles, and speed! Problem solve, by rearranging and trying again! Plus, practice math skills by counting the numbers of items you have to go down the run. And use art skills to decorate the items being used!

For another fun way to integrate nature with play, check out our project all about how to make a maze with nature items!

More Ways to Play During the Fall Season!

Here are some top picks of fun play-based learning products with an Autumn-theme!

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Alphabet Acorns

This acorn activity set is all about the alphabet and phonics. Each acorn can be filled with a figurine that has the same beginning sound.

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Fall Leaf Puzzle

This hand crafted wooden puzzle is a beautiful way to play with the colors of Fall leaves! Great for developing motor skills, eye coordination and memory.

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Wooden Fall Leaf Stampers

This wooden stamper set comes with 3 fall leaf patterns. A great way to play with play dough during the Fall season!

fall themed stacking toys gift autumn

Stacking Toy – Fall Leaf Style

This set includes 17 Autumn leaves and acorns for stacking and playing! A great way to learn about balance and weight distribution!

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Galaxy in a Jar – Space Science Project for Kids

Galaxy in a Jar – Space Science Project for Kids

Galaxy in a Jar – Space Science Project for Kids

galaxy jar activity for kids space study

This galaxy in a jar is a fun DIY craft to get kids excited about space exploration. Best part for grown ups? The set-up is so simple! Read on to find out the fun steps to recreate your own vibrant galaxy!

A Galaxy in a Jar for the Space Fan!

This galaxy in a jar is a fun, hands on way, to craft and learn all about space. It is a great opporuntity to discuss the differences between the solar system, galaxies, and the universe.  Look at pictures of the milky way as well as other known galaxies in the universe to decide what color paint you’d like to use to create your own galaxy in a jar!

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Kid-Made Galaxy in a Jar

 

In this video, you’ll see that kids can work independently when making this galaxy in a jar craft. The simple step-by-step instructions are below and can be easily communicated or read by the child before they dig into making their project all by themselves! Not pictured, but right beside my 4 year old in this video, was my 2 year old who was following the directions independently as well!

For more arts and crafts activities, be sure to check out our comprehensive list of ideas!

Kid-Made Galaxy in a Jar

In this video, you’ll see that kids can work independently when making this galaxy in a jar craft. The simple step-by-step instructions are below and can be easily communicated or read by the child before they dig into making their project all by themselves! Not pictured, but right beside my 4 year old in this video, was my 2 year old who was following the directions independently as well!

For more arts and crafts activities, be sure to check out our comprehensive list of ideas!

galaxy jar activity for kids space study

Tips for Creating Your Own Galaxy in a Jar

Washable Paint. This activity can get a bit messy depending on the child, so be sure to use washable, aka tempera, paint. For a full list of arts and crafts supplies, we have a reallly great and thorough checklist! Some tempera paint can be thick, while some can be thin. If you have thick paint like us, you may want to mix it in the water before pouring directly in the jar as we did in the video.

Lots of Cotton Balls. Don’t be shy with how many cotton balls you need! To create two jars, we used a full bag of jumbo cotton balls with a 200 piece count!

Glitter. We want to do our part in reducing micro-plastics into the environment, so we always opt to use biodegradable glitter.

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

If you’d like to use 3 colors, fill the jar 1/3 of the way up with water. If you’d like more layers of colors, then just divide the amount of water evenly for as many colors as you’d like. For example, if using 4 colors, first add 1/4 cup of water.

Step 2

Add in some paint (we gave a good squirt!). Close the lid and shake until combined. 

Step 3

Cover with cotton balls until absorbed. You can stretch out the cotton balls, but it also works if your kiddo doesn’t stretch them out. We’ve done it both ways!

Step 4

Sprinkle with glitter.

Step 5

For the remaining layers, repeat steps 1-4, however, do not mix the water and paint by shaking the jar. Instead, either mix together the paint and water in a separate container and pour into the jar, or pour the water in and then gently mix in the paint with a spoon or small whisk.

Step 6

Secure the jar’s lid shut and enjoy! Set the finished product up on a shelf to enjoy for months to come!

Step 1

If you’d like to use 3 colors, fill the jar 1/3 of the way up with water. If you’d like more layers of colors, then just divide the amount of water evenly for as many colors as you’d like. For example, if using 4 colors, first add 1/4 cup of water.

Step 2

Add in some paint (we gave a good squirt!). Close the lid and shake until combined. 

Step 3

Cover with cotton balls until absorbed. You can stretch out the cotton balls, but it also works if your kiddo doesn’t stretch them out. We’ve done it both ways!

Step 4

Sprinkle with glitter.

Step 5

For the remaining layers, repeat steps 1-4, however, do not mix the water and paint by shaking the jar. Instead, either mix together the paint and water in a separate container and pour into the jar, or pour the water in and then gently mix in the paint with a spoon or small whisk.

Step 6

Secure the jar’s lid shut and enjoy! Set the finished product up on a shelf to enjoy for months to come!

Beyond Creating a Galaxy Jar Craft

There is so much to learn about science and space with this hands on arts and crafts project! While your kiddo is creating the galaxy in a jar, be sure to discuss the differences between the solar system, galaxy and universe!

The Solar System. The solar system is defined as our sun and everything that is bound to it by gravity. All those things include: our surrounding 8 planets and moons (including Earth!), meteroids, dwarf planets, and asteroids.

Galaxy. A galaxy is a system of stars, dust, and gas held together by gravity exclusive to it’s own system. Earth is located in the Milk Way galaxy, but there are billions of galaxies in the observable universe.

galaxy jar activity for kids space study

 The Universe. The universe is everything that exists. It encompasses all things throughout time and space from the people and things on our very own planet Earth, to the billions of galaxies beyond.

galaxy jar activity for kids space study

Beyond Creating a Galaxy Jar Craft

There is so much to learn about science and space with this hands on arts and crafts project! While your kiddo is creating the galaxy in a jar, be sure to discuss the differences between the solar system, galaxy and universe!

The Solar System. The solar system is defined as our sun and everything that is bound to it by gravity. All those things include: our surrounding 8 planets and moons (including Earth!), meteroids, dwarf planets, and asteroids.

Galaxy. A galaxy is a system of stars, dust, and gas held together by gravity exclusive to it’s own system. Earth is located in the Milk Way galaxy, but there are billions of galaxies in the observable universe.

The Universe. The universe is everything that exists. It encompasses all things throughout time and space from the people and things on our very own planet Earth, to the billions of galaxies beyond.

More Ways to Explore Outerspace

Here are my top picks educational toys and kits for the space lover!

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Planetarium Model

This solar system planetarium set includes planets, stenciles, paint, rod, and string to create your very own model that glows in the dark!

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Space Figurines

These space figurines include 2 astronauts, the first space chimpanzee, the hubble space telescope, space crafts and capsules, and a satellite!

space telescope gift for kids

Telescope for Kids

This portable, easy to use, and lightweight telescope for kids is a fun way for children to explore the stars and planets!