Advice and ideas

Simple DIY messy play activities

Let your little ones unleash their creative and adventurous side with these sensory and messy play experiences that are sure to delight from Mikró Australia.


What you will need:

  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1-2 drops food colouring
  • Large tub for playing


  1. Combine your food colouring of choice with water
  2. Then add corn starch and combine.
    Note: It is difficult to combine, this is normal.
  3. Once the corn starch is no longer powdery or clumped at the bottom it is time to play.

For added fun why not make a variety of coloured Gloop by following the steps above per colour.

Set up your play station and mix away.


Rainbow Foam

What you will need:

  • 2 tbsp. of dishwashing liquid
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1-2 drops food colouring


  1. Place your ingredients into a bowl and use an electric mixer on high for 2-3 minutes to beat the three ingredients until they form stiff peaks.
  2. Gently scoop it out onto your play area or into your bowl of choice.
  3. Repeat with alternative colours.

Let your kids get messy and mix away!


Finger Paint

What you will need:

  • Greek yoghurt
  • 1-2 drops food colouring
  • Small bowls or ice cube trays


  1. In a bowl, combine 2 tbs of greek yoghurt with 1 drop of food colouring.
  2. Place in a small bowl or ice cube tray.
  3. Repeat per colour.

Place out for your children to work on their masterpieces.


Coloured Spaghetti

What you will need

  • Par cooked spaghetti (slightly firm but not hard)
  • Food colouring
  • Gloves or snap lock bags


  1. After partially cooking your spaghetti, rinse under cool water to remove starch.
    Note: Do not miss this step, otherwise your spaghetti will be too sticky.
  2. Divide spaghetti up into separate bowls, amount dependent on your desired colours. Use your gloves, so your hands do not get stained, and work a few drops of food colouring through all pieces of spaghetti. Alternatively place spaghetti in snap lock bags.
    Note: If your spaghetti is overcooked it will begin to go ‘smooshy’ during this step and is not ideal.
  3. Allow the spaghetti to air dry by putting it onto a tray, until the colouring has been completely absorbed.
    Note: This step is important as it will prevent the food colouring from transferring onto your play area and children’s hands.

Put out for your children to play and twist into unique creations.