You might like to try some of these messy play and sensory ideas below.
Rainbow Foam- Joshua has created these instructions on how to make rainbow foam.
Colourful shaving foam- Outi shows you how to make colourful shaving foam to play with.
Quick and Easy Moon Sand- Cheyenne shows you how to make moon sand that you can shape and mould.
Elephant Toothpaste - Jamie found this website that shows you how to make 'elephant toothpaste' which erupts from a bottle. A fun little experiment that you can play with afterwards.
Fizzy cloud dough – Masha has written these instructions on how to make fizzy cloud dough.
Edible slim and Glowing water- Joshua has written these instructions on how to make edible slime and glowing water.
How to make Oobleck- Cheyenne shows you how to make Oobleck using cornflour and water.
Exploding Art - Jamie has found this website which shows you how to make exploding art.
Shaving foam paint – Millie has created these instructions on how to make shaving foam paint.
Soap foam - Zaynah shows you how to make soap foam.
Messy play LinkAble colouring sheet – Cheyenne has created these colouring sheets all about messy play.
Colourful spaghetti and baking soda with vinegar- Joshua has written these instructions on how to make colourful spaghetti. A great sensory activity that we enjoy at Linkable.
Dinosaurs in mud – Masha has written these instructions on how to make a dinosaur sensory tray.
Fizzy dough and balloon painting- Joshua has written these instructions on how to make fizzy dough and balloon painting.
DIY fluffy slime - Joshua has written these instructions on how to make fluffy slime.
Painting with your feet - Jamie has found this link on how to have fun painting with your feet.
DIY shaving foam craft -Joshua has written these instructions on how enjoy a shaving foam craft.
Under the sea jelly – Masha has written these instructions on how to make under the sea jelly.
Rainbow bubbles - Jamie has found this link on how to make rainbow bubbles.
How to make homemade paint- Zaynah
Musical Instruments: Why not try making some musical instruments at home using items that you have at home. You can use a plastic bottle filled with lentils/rice or dried beans to make maracas, or an old chocolate tub as drums that you can play with wooden spoons.
Bubble Snakes: If you like bubbles this could be the idea for you. You could make a bubble snake. You need bottles, an old pair of socks and bubble mixture (washing up liquid and water). Cut the bottoms off of the bottles, and put the socks over the ends, pulling them all the way over the bottle and then folding them back so you have a tight fit. Dip the sock-covered end into the bubble mixture and blow through the top end to make long bubble snakes!
Sensory Station: Why not try making a sensory station at home where your child can come along and use their sense of smell to explore different objects you have at home. This can be done in jars or pots. If you want to hide the objects before they smell them you can put a piece of paper inside the jars or over the top of the pots and leaving some smell holes. Here are some ideas with this short video.
Messy Play with Chloe: Have some fun with Chloe who has made these Messy Play video that you can try at home. In this video she shows you how to have fun with cornflour and water, shaving foam, oats and cereal. It looks like she has had a great time getting covered in shaving foam, why not join her!
Sensory Dance: To keep us all active we have found a great video of a sensory dance that is designed for children with Autism. They can follow along at home and enjoy the music in the background.
Fluffy Sensory Paint: Melissa and Lucy show you how to make a fluffy sensory paint using shaving foam, which you can squeeze through your fingers and make patterns on paper.
Relaxing Gel Ocean: Cheyenne has created a relaxation ocean activity using gel and a zip lock bag.
Playdough: Another favourite sensory activity is playdough. There are two recipes we have found using different ingredients. Melissa and Lucy show you how to make playdough with flour, oil, water, food colouring and salt. Zaynah talks through a different recipe using cornflour, food colouring and hair conditioner.
Lava Lamp: Cheyenne shows how you can make your own lava lamp at home using simple ingredients that you can get from the supermarket. You can make it in a glass, alternatively you can make it in a water bottle that you can seal and enjoy by adding more salt each time.
Glitter Jar: Emily has found these instructions to make your own glitter jar that you can turn and watch as the glitter falls. It can help to clear your mind and focus on something new.
Visual Therapy: If your child likes the light displays in sensory rooms this video that Zaynah has found can help. It is a great example of visual therapy where they can focus on the dots as they move and change into pictures on the screen.