A couple of fun, holiday-inspired sensory materials today: no-cook marshmallow play dough and hot chocolate oobleck. (Sorry for the lack of pictures, this activity was done with her Papa while I focused on revamping her Montessori room — can’t wait to share it with you in the new year!)
On a recent shopping trip I found some marshmallow creme and thought it looked like such a fun possibility for messy play. I used Kraft Jet-Puffed, but I’m sure that a no-name version (or even the original Fluff) would work well.
Rather than do a recipe I simply lined a bowl with about 3/4cups of all-purpose flour and added a few tablespoons of the creme (about 4). I let Ella hand-mix the play dough until she felt it wasn’t sticky anymore.
This was a really cool sensory process, as the slightly-floured creme just has a soft, smooth consistency without sticking to fingers with gentle kneading. We probably incorporated about 1/2 cup of the flour into the play dough before we felt it was not sticky.
The playdough has a firm consistency, like clay, and it will dry out if air-dried over night, but it becomes flaky so I would just use it as play dough. The marshmallow scent is wonderful, but not overpowering. It has a marshmallow-y texture if broken apart, but quickly returns to smooth once handled.
NOTE: we made a second batch with added oil, which didn’t change the consistency but slightly competed with the marshmallow scent, so I would just stick with creme and flour.