Sensory play is a great way to get your kids exploring and learning. Exploring our world through our senses is a major part in learning and language development- for all children. Through sensory play children are discovering and associating the world around them through what they are experiencing. What’s great about sensory play is that it is not something that is difficult to do. Our world is full of all sorts of things to explore through our senses that sensory play does not need to be limited to the sensory table.
This weekend the kiddos spent some time in the kitchen helping me make things like pancake muffins and chocolate mocha croissants. While exploring our spice cabinet Livia kept on asking me if she could use the spices and extracts to write a cookbook…and it got me thinking, why couldn’t she?
Items Needed for Homemade Textured Finger Paints:
- Tempra Paint (or use our recipe for Homemade Paints)
- A Container to Mix Paints in
Our colors were the following:
Red: Fruity Pebbles
Pink: Nielsen Massey Vanilla Extract
Orange: Steak Rub
Green: Parsley Flakes
To make your own textured finger paints is extremely easy. I filled up cupcake liners (the thicker tinfoil type) with tempra paints and then raided my kitchen for what type of textures and scents that I had available that would be fun. A couple of the textures I thought would turn out the same, but they really didn’t. Who knows what you and your kids will discover as you explore! Once we decided on what we wanted to try we simply mixed the items into our paints using a paint brush and then dumped the paints onto paper (for my little guy) and our Oriental Trading craft trays (for the older kiddos).
Our two favorite were the parsley and the cinnamon. The parsley created an amazing texture and the cinnamon smelt fantastic. My house still has a lingering cinnamon smell a day later! The cinnamon also created a fun grainy texture that was a lot thicker than the sugar.
Livia had a blast making her cookbook!
She was a bit hesitant about getting her hands messy, but she did eventually warm up and dig in!
- Tempra Paint
- Container to Mix
- Dish out your paint colors into separate containers.
- Explore your kitchen for fun textures and scents!
- Add the items you have found to your paints.
- Mix together and play!