Everybody has been sick a lot at our house recently, which has led to way too much grumpiness. I find sensory play to be one of the best solutions. Corn starch with water and a little washable paint (better than food coloring since it doesn’t stain) is a favorite.
Such an interesting texture to move around, and to try to mold and pick up. Not the neatest of pastimes, but hardly the messiest either.
My floor was covered with this afterwards, but it wipes up with a damp cloth or mop. Or you can be super lazy and let it dry, after which it sweeps or vacuums up (assuming your child doesn’t track it all over the house first!)
- Prep: Getting out corn starch, trays, water, and washable paint – under two minutes
- Initial entertainment: at least twenty minutes
- Clean-up: 5 minutes
- Cost: Less than $2
- Lasting value: Dispelling whiny/grumpy moods – priceless!