Thursday, January 8, 2009

Sensory Science

Swatcho is my sensory seeking child. I always thought she was just sensitive to her environment, until I had Goldie. I first heard of sensory integration through a special needs message board I visited, then I did some reading on my own. I've been lucky that Goldie's OT lets me "pick her brain" when I have questions. As an infant, Swatcho would reach out and feel the fleece of my/her sling and always enjoyed toys and books that were tactile. This has worked out good for Goldie because we have a stack of Usborne touchy-feely books.

So, when we picked up a recipe for Goo at Mini Me's school science fair, Swatcho was bound and determined to stir up a batch of her own. Here it is:

Want to make your own?

Step 1: In 1 large bowl mix together
2 cups glue (Elmer's)
1 1/2 cups warm water
(I added the food coloring to this step also)

Step 2: In another bowl mix together
1 1/3 cups warm water
4 teaspoons Borax powder

Step 3: Pour step 2 into step 1. Mix it around until it solidifies. Not all water will be used. It is okay to lift out and knead.
Store in an airtight container. Should last 6 weeks.

While tearing and stretching her goo we talked about the properties of liquids and solids. Another gooey activity is just cornstarch and water. It changes from a liquid to solid over and over while they learn play.

1 comment:

Ruby's Mom said...

I'm gonna have to do this with my younger kids.I made it with my older kids when they were little and they got such a kick out of the goo!