If you’re looking for fun sensory play for the younger kids, this Goopy Grass Sensory Play is perfect! So much messy fun to be had!
Oh yes, goop! It must be one of my favorite simple messy sensory materials: Two of the simplest ingredients ever make a really fun material with properties you don’t see every day. It’s taste safe, easy to clean up, and just all-around great. N first played with it when he was only 8 months old, and it was an absolute blast.
For today’s activity, I added another simple material, and N enjoyed some Goopy Grass Sensory Play!
Be certain to check out our Spring Sensory Bin as another super simple and fun sensory activity for the kids.
The great thing about sensory play is that it works on their sensory skills and keeps them curious as well. They’ll love being able to feel their way around all the different textures!
Although it may seem scary that your toddler may put this goopy grass in their mouths, however no need to fret because this is totally safe and non-toxic since all the ingredients are natural!
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Recommended Spring Books for Toddlers
Bring spring into your home with these fun spring books your toddler will love. Perfect to snuggle up on the couch on those rainy days. You can never have too many books or reading changes for the kids so use these books as a fun way to supplement their learning as well.
Materials for Goopy Grass Sensory Play
If you make straight-up goop, the best proportions of goop and water are usually about a 2-3 to 1 ratio, adding water slowly to make sure the mixture doesn’t get too wet.
For this “goopy grass”, I didn’t shoot for the perfect goop and simply added some cornstarch to a bin full of grass and added a bit of water. If you’d rather have excellent goop, make it first and add the grass when you’re satisfied with your base material.
N didn’t care either way and dove right in.
His favorite actions during this activity were grabbing handfuls of goopy grass and holding them over his head.
I love his little smirk in this one – he was really enjoying this.
He did try to taste his goopy grass, but while it’s taste-safe, it definitely isn’t tasty. He did have to try a few times just to be sure.
Most of the grass was already spread out on the floor when N decided to dump what was left in the sensory bin into his lap. That’s where the majority of the actual goop came into play.
The mess in his lap didn’t faze him at all, and he kept playing with the grass for a good long while.
When he was done, he even put most of the goopy grass back into the sensory bin for easier clean-up.
At that point, there was quite a bit of goop on his arms and his face, but it wiped up very easily.
Recommended Spring Toys for Toddlers
If you’re looking for fun and educational toys for your kids this spring, try these hands-on toys. Spring is the season when flowers bloom and butterflies go from flower to flower feeding on the nectars, and these toys are just perfect for this season!
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The easiest way to get rid of goop on the ground is to let it dry and vacuum or sweep it up. Alternatively, use a hose and wash it away if you’re outside in an area where that makes sense. Don’t wash larger amounts of goop down the drain, though. Put it in the trash instead.
Having messy plays with your toddlers once in a while is a good thing because you can also teach them to clean up after themselves. Like N, your toddler can also help you clean some of the goop by putting them back inside the bin!\
Looking for Spring Picture Books? Check out this list and enjoy reading cute stories about spring!
More Sensory Activities
Baby Play with Goop by Simple Fun for Kids
Yogurt on the Mirror by Simple Fun for Kids