Marshmallows, flour, coconut shreds and plastic non-frozen ice cubes provided several different “feels”. At first, the marshmallows were dry and spongy. After some poking and squeezing, they got sort of sticky. They loved poking their fingers through the ends of the marshmallows!
Exploration of the marshmallows provided nice hand strength, too, as they kids squished them into balls. Sifting the flour between their fingers was calming, and promoted quiet time.
The children enjoyed searching for the colored cubes among the marshmallows as they sort of felt the same, being somewhat squishy and the same shape. Some of the children enjoyed sorting the cubes by color, while others were challenged to build structures from the model.
The coconut shreds sort of got lost in the mix, but did provide a nice olfactory component, as they provided a pleasant smell. Some of the children said it smelled like “sun lotion”. I took the bin home after school and my seven year old had just as much fun!