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Children need opportunities to enrich their senses in order to develop their growing brains for future learning!

As a parent you have the opportunity to do this from the time your child is born. Human touch is something an infant needs from the very start. Just holding your child helps them grow and develop. To develop their sense of sight have plenty of objects for your infant to look at and then follow with their eye movements as they are able to focus.

Check out this link for great sensory ideas for infants, toddlers and preschoolers!

Here are some great recipes for children to help develop their sense of touch:

As with all sensory experiences allow your child to touch when they are comfortable. Help your child to use describing words (i.e. cold, slimy, melting, wet, dry, rough etc.).

Explore Painting:

Remember that when exploring painting with young children, anything can be used as a painting tool. Use your imagination! Brushes, sponges (in different shapes etc.), crunched up paper, cotton swabs, toilet paper and paper towel rolls, string, fingers and hands, etc. It is ok to offer various objects at one time for your child to explore.

Painting with Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Rolls

Give your child some rolls to dip in paint. These are great for making circles, but they can also be used for different shapes. Bend the end into a square, triangle or heart! The ends can also be cut all the way around one end and bent to make a fun shape.

Sensory Experiences

Children need opportunities to enrich their senses in order to develop their growing brains for future learning!

Here are some great recipes for children to help develop their sense of touch:

As with all sensory experiences allow your child to touch when they are comfortable. Help your child to use describing words (i.e. cold, slimy, melting, wet, dry, rough etc.).

Cloudy Sky Art


Any white collage item especially with a texture. Look for items you may already have around the house

  • Cotton balls/cotton pads
  • Cotton batting
  • Tissue paper
  • Doilies
  • Felt
  • Craft Foam - (thin and easy for children to cut themselves with supervision)
  • White paper scraps for tearing pieces
  • Blue paper (any shade) for a sky background
  • Glue

Give your child a piece of paper (any shape).
Put out an assortment of the above collage items (use your imagination and your child can help gather them).
Glue the pieces to the solid piece of paper anyway your child chooses.
Your child may simply enjoy the process of gluing materials, or older children may enjoy creating clouds in a particular way.

For inspiration and ideas read the story:
It Looked Like Spilt Milk
Author: Charles G. Shaw
(a short story about shapes and pictures in the sky)


 - Cardstock
 - Marker/Pencil Crayons
 - Colorful streamers
 - Hole puncher
 - Tape

Have your child decorate one side of the cardstock using markers, pencil crayons and other craft materials

Tape the sides of your cardstock together to create a cylinder

Use a pipe cleaner to create a handle for your windsock

On the bottom of your windsock attach various colored streamers

Find the perfect spot outside to hang your windsock and watch your creation blow with the wind

*This also makes a beautiful indoor hanging decoration
Paper Tearing

Here is a great craft idea that you can use on its own or use the idea to make a special card. It uses your child’s fine motor skills and you can adapt it to other holidays or just everyday art.

Draw a heart shape outline on a piece of paper. You can use any type of paper or color you want. Have your child fill the inside (or as much as they have an interest for) with pieces of construction paper. Your child can cut pieces with child safe scissors (with supervision) or younger children can use their fingers to tear and paste the pieces.

This makes a cute collage the child can do themselves. Try different shapes for different holidays i.e. an Easter egg, shamrock, Christmas tree, or everyday things. Try outlines of a balloon, house, tree or anything your child wishes. You can find lots of shape outlines on the internet if you do not want to draw them yourself.

These would look good as is, framed, or used as the front of a greeting card for your child to give away.
Shaving Cream and Glue

  • Shaving cream
  • White glue
  • food coloring (optional)

Mix equal parts of shaving cream and glue in a bowl. Add food coloring if you want. Mixture should be a thick consistency. Spoon onto paper and have your child use a brush, spoon, popsicle stick etc. to move the mixture around. Since this is a glue mixture, you can stick collage items to the paper. Dry flat. It will be raised and spongy to the touch when dry. This is a great 3-D art project.

Note: Supervision required, as shaving cream should not be ingested


  • 1-cup salt
  • 4- cups flour
  • 2 -TB and 2tsp. cream of tartar
  • 4 -TB oil
  • 4 -cups water
  • food colouring (mix with the water)

Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Mix until playdough pulls away from the sides of the pan and begins to form a ball. Remove from heat and cool slightly before removing from the pan. Knead the dough, adding a touch or flour if it is too sticky.

When cool use for about 2-3 weeks in sealed container or store in the refrigerator where it will last longer until ready to use.


  • 1/2 -cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 -cup water
  • food colouring (add to the water)
Mix the cornstarch and water together in a bowl. Use in a bowl or tray for your child to handle.

Salt Dough

  • 1- cup Salt
  • 1- cup warm water
  • 2- cups flour

Mix the salt and water and let stand a few minutes.

Mix in the flour and knead. Allow your child to play with the dough (it will have a rough texture) The pieces can be air dried or baked at a low temp. 250 degrees on parchment paper. But the main idea here is a sensory experience.
Silly Putty

 - Corn starch
 - Food Colouring
 - Small Bowl

In your small bowl mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1 teaspoon of dish soap.

Add a few drops of food colouring of your choice.

Once you have added the color of your choice, your putty is ready to be Squeezed and pulled.
Giant Bubble Recipe

6 cups of water
1 cup dish soap (Joy or Dawn, Original not Ultra if possible)
1TB of Glycerin or ¼ cup corn syrup

Measure the water in a container that has a lid. Slowly pour the dish soap into the water, stirring as you add. Go slow and try not to let bubbles form.

Then mix in the glycerin or corn syrup. If you used Ultra Dish Soap then double the amount of glycerin or corn syrup. Mix thoroughly and put the lid on the mixture.

These bubbles get better with age so make ahead of time. I made mine a week ahead but a day or two should be just fine.

There are all types of bubble wands you can make on the internet. I used the plastic from a six-pack of soda pop and balloon wands from the Dollar Store which I attached ahead of time with a hot glue gun (an adult job).
Puffy Paint Recipe

1 cup all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 – 1 ¼ cup of water (may need slightly less or more/add gradually)
Food coloring
Plastic squeeze bottles or Ziplock bags (You can find squeeze bottles at the dollar store or use small clean condiment/ketchup plastic squeeze bottles etc.)


Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.

Gradually add the water until you have a mixture that is not too thick. I t will look like pancake batter.

Add food coloring and put into a bottle. You can divide the mixture before adding color and make 2 different colors from one batch. If you do not have squeeze bottles you can use a Ziplock bag with a small corner cut off.

Have your child squeeze onto any colored paper, the thicker the paper the better as it can be a bit heavy. I used cardboard from cereal and cracker boxes.

Allow to dry and enjoy your child’s creation!

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