This weekend we did a fun little sensory activity with Violet. We made what I call baby dough!
There are just 2 simple ingredients: flour and vegetable oil. That's it!
I put 2 cups of flour into a bowl and added about 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil until it started to mix together into a dough. It was solid, yet crumbly, and best of all - safe for babies to taste! You could play around with the ratio of oil in there to create different textures. Less oil would give you more of a sandy feel, while more oil would give you a play dough kind of feel. I wanted something in between where we could press it together to reform but it would also crumble and break apart.
Violet loved it! She is still very much in the stage where everything must go into the mouth (and she has shown no signs of outgrowing this phase for many months now, sigh). She inspected the ball first and promptly put it up to her mouth. And then realized she didn't like the taste. Well yeah, I could have told you that. Like I said, it's technically edible, not that it would taste any good, and probably shouldn't be gobbled down in large amounts either, fyi. Once we showed her how she could manipulate it with her hands, though, she got on board.
After that, she really liked picking it up and breaking it apart with her fingers. We would reform little bits of dough together for her to play with again, and it kept her entertained for a while. Hallelujah to anything that can keep this baby's attention for more than a minute. She is normally a busy, busy girl who is always in motion, so to be able to relax on the porch while she played was nice indeed.
As you can see, by the end there were lots of little crumbles everywhere, so I would recommend doing this somewhere you don't mind mess happening - i.e. not carpet. We just throw down an old comforter with a playmat underneath that we can shake out and throw in the wash afterward. I've seen people have good luck with using shower curtain liners too for crafts or activities like this. We are still experimenting with sensory activities like this, and hope to share more with you in the future. Happy playing!