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The next fun and creativity crafts for kids using materials you have always at home is calling Non-Newtonian fluid.
Your kids or you maybe know something about this activity. A non-newtonian fluid is a great sensory play for your kids, it differs from classic boards games, but your kids will definitely enjoy this craft project. Non-Newtonian fluid for childrens play
By adding more water to the starch, we get a non-Newtonian fluid that hardens from a sharp and strong impact and flows when relaxed. In such a liquid it is very interesting to spit with your hands, and if you can, then with your feet.
How to make a mass of starch?
Pour water into a bowl. Gradually pour the starch into it. You need twice much starch than water.  Constantly mixing to homogeneity, adding starch until the mass is thick. You can check the readiness of the mass by hitting it with the palm of your hand. If the palm is not sinking, then it is ready. And now try to gently let the palm down into the mass, so palm sank. And if you again sharply slap it on the surface, then it will seem to you that you knocked on a dense body, and not on a liquid. Here is  solid-liquid mass.

You can tell the older kids a little about physics during the game. Such experiments will interest any child and draw his attention to science.

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Today we are talking about flour. Let’s offer our kids to draw on flour. You can use for it our deep sanboxes or simple tray. Let’s put a little bit of flour there. Suggest to draw different figures and patterns. Does it turn out?

Focus your kids on the feeling of touching the flour. Make a palm print. Pay attention to the palm becoming white, explain it.

Describe the features of flour: white, soft, light, pleasant, flowing, loose.

Suggest pouring a little bit of water into it.

Pour water into the flour. Look to the water turns white. What have we got? Dough.play-dough board

It can be surprising, that dough has a variety of developmental, learning, and sensory benefits for kids.
It can be both playdough, and dough for pastries. Kids are enjoying squishing, smashing, pushing, pulling, twisting, cutting…Children with great pleasure are connecting to the process of manufacturing cookies. You can roll out the dough, tear it, cut it in molds, make sausages and rolls, make dumplings, cut noodles and make pizza.

If we make salt dough, then this material is perfect not only for creating figures. For example, you can make prints with various objects, use the dough as a material to fasten various parts. For example, the boys are playing at the construction site when the dough played the role of cement.

Let’s sculpt different figures from the dough (play-doh like). Fantasize. Offer your kid to create unknown animals. Modeling helps to develop motor skills. Focus on small details and shapes.

During this play you can learn new animals, shapes and things.

Another interesting material for sensory play at home is starch. It is originally similar to flour’s properties, but even in dry form, it is distinguished by its tactile sensations. However, it is also possible to draw, dig in it, look for pictures and objects. But on dry starch it is much better and noticeable to leave traces, than on the flour, it is interesting to roll cars in it. And then you can clean them with a brush. And if you add a little bit of water to the starch, it will acquire some density, which will bring its properties closer to the lunar sand. You can try to sculpt out of it, make sand cakes, even build something.

Such play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.

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Now you can find a huge variety of kinetic, and other kinds of sand in stores. They have different colors, textures and shapes, suitable for sand art for kids.

Even the most common sand is a great material for sensory games.

Kids and parents enjoy using it.
You can dig and knead it, you can play a fairy tale in it, make moats, watch the water flow away, cook soups and bake cakes from wet sand, build castles and tunnels, create worlds, mold figures.

You can organize a treasure search, archaeological excavations. Summer is a wonderful time for all these games, warm spring and autumn. But in cold weather, it is worth bringing the sandbox home. Our activity tables and boxes include a deep sandbox for safe and clean playing with sand at home.

It will be much more interesting for home games, to play with small pebbles and beads. Also, it is very important to combine materials with different properties and texture. Your kid will learn to feel the world around  through tactile contact, to distinguish features.

You can build worlds, fantasize and search for treasure in the sand, sculpt it. And you can also draw with sand. Our light tables and boxes are highlighted with 10 different colors. Drawing with sand on a highlighted board is a relaxing and calming process. Your children are able to express themselves and develop their creativity.

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