Sensational Sensory Stations

To Explore With Early Learners

The Full-Day Early Learning - Kindergarten Program

Play nourishes every aspect of children’s development – it forms

the foundation of intellectual, social, physical, and emotional skills

necessary for success in school and in life. Play “paves the way

for learning”.

Canadian Council on Learning (Early Childhood Learning

Knowledge Centre), “Let the Children Play: Nature’s Answer

to Early Learning”, Lessons in Learning(Ottawa: CCL, 2006), p. 2

Kool-Aid Play Dough

2 ½ cups flour

½ cup salt

2 packages of flavoured Kool Aid

3 tablespoons of oil

2 cups of boiling water

1 teaspoon of Alum

Mix flour, salt, Kool Aid, Alum

Add boiling water and stir with a fork until cooled

Stir with hands and mix in oil last

The more you knead the play doh the better it is

Pumpkin Pie Play Dough

Pumpkin Pie Play Dough


5 ½ cups flour

2 cups of salt

8 teaspoons of cream of tartar

¾ cup oil

1 35g container of Pumpkin Pie Spice

4 cups of water

Red & Yellow food colouring


1. In a large pot (saucepan) dump in your flour

2. Add salt

3. Measure out the Cream of Tartar and add it to the pot

4. Add in Pumpkin Pie Spice and stir

5. Add oil

6. Add water

7. Add the food colouring until you get the desired pumpkin colour

8. Warm the ingredients up over medium heat – stir, stir, stir until there are no lumps

9. Stir for about 5 minutes until mixture looks like brown sugar

10. Place the dough onto a floured space

11. Knead the dough until it is no longer sticky and takes on a play dough consistency

12. Play & enjoy, BUT DO NOT EAT IT! It smells amazing.

13. Use cookie cutters and be creative

Ice Cream Play Dough

Ice Cream Play Dough Recipe

3/4 cup hair conditioner

(I used just a very basic, super cheap generic dollar store brand conditioner)

1 1/2 cup cornstarch

The basic recipe is fun on it's own and can be played with exactly as play dough.

It has a very light and airy, silky texture however,

**The secret to keeping it looking like ice cream is to not roll

it into a ball or smooth it over too much.**

However, keep in mind that it shouldn't be too runny. It should resemble real dough or playdough so if yours is looking a bit like "melted" ice cream, then try adding a bit more cornstarch.

Ice Cream Dough "Flavor" Ingredients

Vanilla: Imitation Vanilla, no food coloring

Chocolate: Chocolate Extract and Cocoa Powder

Strawberry: A bit of red food coloring and Imitation Strawberry

Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten Programs


The Full-Day Early Learning - Kindergarten Program

When children are fully engaged in their play, their activity and learning is integrated across developmental domains. They seek out challenges that can be accomplished...Through play, children learn trust, empathy, and social skills.

Pascal, Every Child, pp. 8, 9