Candy Cane Play Gel | Winter Sensory Fun

Winter…Frost outside, fire in the fireplace, soup on the stove, the scents of evergreen and peppermint in the air. We are finding ourselves inside a lot more these days, grateful to be cozy and warm together. Now that it is chilly and wet outside we are finding new festive ways to play and learn inside. Last week I posted a new way to make a fun squishy sensory material called Play Gel. This week I am bringing you a festive candy cane twist on our new favorite scientific sensory material.

Candy Cane Play Gel | Winter Sensory Fun

You can make Play Gel using one of two methods. You can either buy it in the form of Insta-Snow Powder or Sodium Polyacrylate and follow the directions on the package or you can grab a clean diaper and follow the directions in my original post. All of these products are made of sodium polyacrylate and you get the same fluffy, white, squishy, beautiful snow-like gel from all of them. Personally, I think it’s more fun to rip open a diaper (plus it’s less expensive!), but some people find that strange and opt to buy the powder straight.

Candy Cane Play Gel | Winter Sensory Fun

We used two Luvs size 6 diapers and it made probably 12 cups of gel. Sodium polyacrylate is so absorbent, you could even add more water than we did. Experiment for yourself to find the consistency you like!

Candy Cane Play Gel | Winter Sensory Fun

Once you have your Play Gel made, divide it in half. Add red food coloring to one half and leave the other half white. Drop in 1-2 drops of peppermint extract or essential oil for olfactory sensory fun, add some glitter if desired, and you are ready to go!

Candy Cane Play Gel | Winter Sensory Fun

I arranged our Play Gel into red and white stripes so it looked (and smelled!) like a candy cane and added some red and clear jewels from the dollar store. I wish I had a Maple Leaf to set on top for a shout-out to our Canadian readers! Next time 🙂 Then the kids dug in and PLAYED!

Candy Cane Play Gel | Winter Sensory FunCandy Cane Play Gel | Winter Sensory Fun

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**Play Gel is not edible, so please keep it out of reach of your babes and toddlers. Also, don’t wash large amounts of it down the sink. I have a feeling this stuff is really good at clogging drains.
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12 responses to “Candy Cane Play Gel | Winter Sensory Fun

  1. Good question. Sodium polyacrylate is nontoxic, but definitely inedible. As long as the kids aren't eating it, they will be fine. Babies and toddlers who still put everything into their mouths should definitely NOT play with it 🙂


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