Sensory Activities

  • Sensory Bottles for Baby

    November 19, 2014

    I’ve made sensory bottles for L before, filled with colored water, glue and glitter or colored water and oil, but I don’t know why we never made SENSORY BOTTLES FOR BABIES until now. Babies and toddlers both love them!   The water-filled bottles are fun to look at, but too heavy for WB to really handle safely. ...

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  • Water Lens

    October 22, 2014

    I don’t know a kid (or an adult) who doesn’t love playing with a magnifying glass. They’re just mesmerizing! The “water lens” experiment is such a fun activity that allows kids to not only play with a magnifying glass, but it shows kids how to make one too. So much discovering going on here! Materials needed: a ...

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  • DIY Story Stones

    October 7, 2014

    This is one of my favorite “games” that I’ve made for our girls, as well as one of my favorite gifts to make for other children. It’s such a versatile, quirky activity for kids (or adults) of any age and the possibilities of play are endless. We take them on long car trips, pull them ...

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  • Baking Soda and Vinegar Color Fun

    September 16, 2014

    This is by far our favorite science experiment these days at Our Beautifully Messy House. It’s incredibly simple and quick to put together and L loves it! Whenever she has a friend over and there’s a lull in the action, I usually pull this one out to keep the hooligans entertained. Materials needed: food coloring baking soda vinegar medium-sized container cup medicine ...

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  • DIY Baby Play Area + DIY Baby Toys

    August 28, 2014

    Over the past few weeks I had been thinking of putting together a little play area for WB, now 7 months old. WB is definitely our laid back kid, compared to her wild-child, older sister. She is perfectly content sitting back and observing the world around her. WB can roll over and push herself up ...

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  • Play Dough Funny Faces w/ DIY Outlet Covers

    August 27, 2014

    When I saw a variation of this craft years ago, I stored it away in the back of my mind, just waiting for L to be old enough to make and play with these! The outlet covers I saw were made using Sharpie Markers, but I love the color we brought to ours with paint! ...

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  • 2-Ingredient Gooey Dough

    August 21, 2014

    L and I are always looking for new play dough recipes, so when I came across this one I just knew we had to make it! We call it “Gooey Dough” because it’s so stringy, smooth, and gooey! It feels good to squish through your fingers and fun to strrrrreeeeeetch as long as you can! Materials ...

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  • Bubble Blobs and Bubble Worms

    August 20, 2014

    Here is a super-fun activity made with materials you already have! L and I started making bubble blobs after breakfast this morning and we were still making them in the shower tonight! (I may or may not have bribed her into the shower with her bubble blob blower.) It’s definitely a good summer activity, but ...

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  • Sensory Bags

    August 2, 2014

    These bags are great for babies to play with and are a nice calming activity for bigger kids…heck, I even have a hard time walking by one without squishing it! They always feel so cool to the touch! We made ours pretty simple, but you can always embellish yours a bit by throwing some glitter ...

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  • New Ways to Paint

    July 24, 2014

    I have never met a person, young or old, who didn’t love to paint! So here are over 10┬ánew ways to paint…time to get messy and have some fun!!!   Some tips before we start: Use an old shirt or apron for a smock shirt…or on a hot day, have your kids take off their shirts! When using finger ...

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