Adding texture to play expands the experience in so many different ways.
We've become big fans of floam here in the Early Literacy Department (seriously, you can't pry it out of our hands). We're so excited to find this DIY Floam recipe from Parenting Chaos! Floam adds a great sensory aspect to your playtime and doesn't dry out.
If you're wondering what else we're into, check out this Kinetic Sand recipe, also from Parenting Chaos. Kinetic sand is great for bringing the beach inside, without the cleanup.
Both of these recipes will get those little hands working on finger strength and creativity, in addition to reinforcing STEM concepts.