Posted in Birthday Theme Activities, Moon Sand/ Cloud Dough, Sensory Bin, Sensory Play

Birthday Cake Cloud Dough

Happy Birthday to Us!! Its been one year since this blog Diyunlimitedfun was created – one year since the first post. We celebrated it by making Birthday Cake Cloud Dough. Its an ultimate sensory play for your LOs. You can make these around your kids birthday or even set it up on a sensory table for their outdoor birthday party or just play with it anytime around the year πŸ˜€


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What you need

  • 8 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup baby oil or vegetable oil
  • Sprinkles

How to

    • In a bin add all purpose flour & oil and mix well – the texture will be crumbly but mouldable. 
    • We used baby oil – it smells really good. If your LO still puts things in the mouth, you can use vegetable oil instead.
    • You could also add some vanilla essence for birthday cake smell.
    • Add sprinkles, cupcake molds, candles, spoons, scoops etc. for your kids to play with.

    Miss A(3.5 yrs) & Miss D(2.5 yrs) had a lot of fun playing with this. They loved making cupcakes & cakes, enjoyed baking them in their toy microwave. They decorated their cake with sprinkles and put candles on it. We even sang happy birthday to all their toy friends. πŸ˜€ They liked to feel the cloud dough with their hands, tried to mould it, crumble it, lots of filling and dumping. This kept them busy for more than an hour.

    Tips: 

    • Its a fun but messy play. Use a sheet to contain the mess – it is easy to clean with vaccum cleaner. Or you could take it outside. 
    • Store the cloud dough in an airtight container or ziploc – it stays good for a long time if it doesn’t get wet.
    Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Sensory Play

    Water Beads & Golf Tees – Fine Motor Activity

    Who would think about waterbeads & golf tees combination. Odd right! Well someone did and luckily i came across this activity on Pinterest. This is a great activity to develop fine motor skills, concentration, patience & perseverance.

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    What you need

    • Water Beads
    • Golf tees
    • Styrofoam block
    • You could find all the items in dollar store.

    We did this activity almost 2 months back. A & D pushed the golf tees into the styrofoam anywhere they wanted – went on for a while – poking it in and taking it out. This was the first time they are handling golf tees & styrofoam and so they were quite excited about it. This was a great fine motor exercise for the little fingers.

    Then i helped them put the golf tees in straight lines. Gave them water beads and asked to place it on the golf tees. They both did it with so much concentration. Everytime you touch the already placed water bead, few others fell down along with it – like dominoes. They got a little frustrated but kept doing it all over. They just didn’t give up until A got 90% of the beads to stay & D one straight row.

    Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Learning Opposites, Montessori, Sensory Play, Vocabulary - Toddler & Preschool

    DIY Sound Boxes – Montessori Inspired

    Sound Boxes are amazingly fun and very simple to make. It helps your LOs hone their auditory senses, practicing sound discrimination and improving vocabulary skills.

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    What you need

    • Empty containers – i used drinkable yogurt bottles.
    • Pantry items
    • Hot glue (optional)

    How to

    • I picked five bottles each with different color caps – red & blue.
    • Fill the bottles with pantry items. I used rice, black eyed peas, dry penne pasta, cotton buds and dry sago.
    • Fill each item in one red and one blue bottle almost 3/4th of it.
    • If you don’t want kids to open the bottle, you can choose to hot glue the caps. However i skipped it – read on you’ll see why.
    • Your sound boxes are now ready to use.

    This activity was very interesting for Miss A(3.5 yrs). She thoroughly enjoyed it. Heres what we did.

    1 – Contrasting Sounds

    • I shook the ‘loudest’ box near each ear – then A repeated the same. The dry pasta was the loudest.
    • I shook the ‘softest’ box near each ear – then A repeated the same. The cotton buds box was the softest.
    • We discussed about loud & soft sounds.

    2 – Matching Sounds

    I let A do this all by herself.

    • She picked one red box, shook it and observed the sound. 
    • Then shook each blue box, until the pair was found. Every time she said, same or different.
    • Once the pair was found, she put it aside. Repeated until all the boxes are matched.
    • After all the boxes had been matched, A checked them again.
    • Once she confirmed all are matched, i let her open each bottle to see which item made that sound – also checking if the boxes are matched perfectly.
    • She spoke about each item, what it was, how it felt and then closed the box. – this is why i didn’t hot glue the caps.

    3 – Grading Sounds

    • I took red boxes, shook them to find the ‘loudest’, put it aside. A shook it to listen.
    • I shook the rest to find ‘next loudest’ and put it next to the ‘loudest’. A shook them & compared the sounds.
    • We continued grading until ‘softest’. 
    • Grading loudest to softest – Pasta, Peas, Sago, Rice, Cotton buds. Although rice & sago, pasta & peas were too close. Just depends how much you fill in the box.
    • Then, A repeated this with the blue boxes, using red as a key.

    Miss D(2.5 yrs) loved to shake the box and hear the sound it made. She enjoyed opening the box, pouring the contents out then filling it in the bottle & closing it. That was a great sensory fine motor activity for her.

            Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Sensory Play

            Marble Race with Water Beads

            Water beads has become our recent favourite. My LOs enjoy playing with their Marble Race toy. They love to see how the marbles race their way down. This time when they wanted to play with it, i gave them water beads instead of the marbles – I must say this was a hit!

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            We set up the marble race on a storage bin – its easy to hold the water beads. A & D set their own tracks. It was very simple and small – perfect for the water beads to race down easily. Pinching the waterbeads one at a time and dropping them was a great fine motor practice. Although they loved to dump all the water beads down the ramp and enjoyed watching it roll and pile up at the bottom.


            Have you played with water beads yet? Check out how we used them in sensory play & learning activities here.

            Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Learning Opposites, Montessori, Sensory Play, Vocabulary - Toddler & Preschool

            DIY Texture Balloons – Montessori Inspired

            Texture Balloons is a fun tactile sensory activity for toddlers & preschoolers. These are very easy to make and a great way to work on their vocabulary – language development. This texture matching activity is perfect to explain the sense of touch.

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            How to

            • Use a funnel to fill the balloon with any random items(pantry items works best) and tie them close. 
            • Fillers we used – Rice, Sugar, Black eyed peas & Water beads.
            • We used orange and gold balloons. Filled each item in one orange and one gold. 
            • Let the kids touch & feel the balloons to match the pairs. 

            Miss A(3.5yrs) squeezed one orange balloon and then squeezed all the gold balloons to find which matches the orange balloon. Once she found the match she put them side by side. She repeated this until she matched all the pairs. We then spoke about how the balloons felt – soft or hard, bumpy, squishy, crunchy, etc. Each time she felt two balloons she would say if they are same or different. She matched all the balloons perfectly.

            Miss D(2yrs) loved to squeeze all the balloons. She just liked to feel the different textures and talk about how they feel. We dint try to match the balloons.We then discussed about the sense of touch – how we use our hands to touch and feel things – one of our five senses.

            The water beads balloons were my LOs favourite pick. They simply loved squeezing it. Everytime they squeezed it, the water beads popped out. It was so irresistible, i had to try. We all loved squeezing & squishing the beads. It felt so therapeutic- much like a stress reliever.

            Note: If you dont use good quality balloons there are chances, the balloons might tear when you do this activity – the party balloons from walmart seemed to work fine. With a lot of squeezing and throwing, our balloons are still in good shape. We will be adding more textures to this activity.

            Posted in Dr. Seuss books based activities, Fine Motor Activity, Science Activity, Sensory Play

            Oobleck – Sensory Science Play

            What is Oobleck?

            Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid; it has properties of both liquids and solids. Its pressure dependent – You can slowly dip your hand into it like a liquid, but if you squeeze the oobleck or punch it, it will feel solid. 

            The name oobleck comes from the Dr. Seuss book, β€œBartholomew and the Oobleck.” In the story, oobleck, a gooey green substance, fell from the sky and wreaked havoc in the kingdom.

            Oobleck makes a great science project or simply have fun playing with it, like us. πŸ˜€

            What you need

            • 1 cup water
            • 2 cups cornstarch
            • Green food coloring (optional)

            How to

            • Add few drops of food coloring to water. Mix well.
            • Add cornstarch in to a storage bin or bowl and add colored water a bit at a time.
            • Keep stirring until it has a gooey consistency. You may want to use your hands.
            • Oobleck is now ready to play with.

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              Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) had so much fun playing with it. I underestimated this activity – didn’t expect it to be this awesome. We all enjoyed it! (Even hubby!!). It was an amazing experience. My kids were playing with it for more than an hour. They did get themselves and the place messy but cleaning was easy – just clean using water πŸ˜€ Plus all those laughing is so much worth the mess. 

              You could also make huge quantities of oobleck – in kids water pool and enjoy it outdoors. If you make enough, you can even walk on it. Something i want to try in summer.

              Here’s what we did with the Oobleck

              • Grab a handful and squeeze it – it oozes through your fingers.
              • Make a puddle and quickly drag your fingers through it. My LOs tried to cut it using playdough knife.
              • Roll some oobleck into a ball. It becomes solid, but when you stop moving it, it will melt back into your hand.
              Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Sensory Bin, Sensory Play

              Water Beads & Shaving Cream – Sensory Play

              I was trying to find ways to play with the Water beads before it gets too small. Came across this activity on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a try. 

              I got to say- it was an ultimate sensory experience. Shaving cream by itself is a great sensory play and when you add water beads to it, its so much fun for kids.

              This activity is so easy to set up. Just take a bin and add shaving cream & water beads to it -(Assuming the water beads are ready to use). Use a sheet to hold the mess.

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              Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) really enjoyed this snesory play. They scooped it up to make icecreams, cones, transferring into measuring cups and also loved to touch and feel with their hands. Pinching the water beads in the shaving cream and picking up was a great fine motor activity. Plus it smells so good!! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

              If you haven’t tried this yet, give it a try! πŸ‘