“The Claw!” Sensory Box

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Alien #1: A stranger.
Alien #2: From the outside.
Aliens: Ooooooooooooooh.


Howdy Partners!  You are in for a real treat today.  The Pizza Planet scene in Pixar’s Toy Story was my inspiration for an awesome activity.  This week my kids and their friends got a chance to be…”The clawwwwww!”


“The Claw!” Sensory Box

Materials Needed:

  • A Box
  • Scissors
  • A Knife
  • Felt (you can use different colors if you like)
  • 4 Plastic Cups
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Packing Tape
  • Objects Put Into the Cups (I used uncooked rice, cooked macaroni noodles, water beads, and Oobleck)

How to Make the Sensory Box


  • Get your box.  (Here is our lovely diaper box.)  
  • Tape the bottom of the box closed.
  • Using your scissors, cut off the short flaps on the top.


  • Trace around the top of your plastic cup.  
  • Using a knife, cut 1/4″ inside of the circle you just drew.


  • Insert cup into hole.


  • Make sure your cups are snug, then tape your box flaps together.  


  • Cut out felt squares that are just larger than your cups.  (If you are feeling super crafty you can make different shapes out of the felt.)  
  • Cut an X in the middle of each felt square.  It needs to be large enough for a hand to go through.


  • Using your hot glue gun, glue one edge of the felt square and push it down next to the cup.  You only want to glue one side so you can remove your cups from the box.  The felt squares will act as a flap.  


  • Fill your cups with their different objects.


  • Tape down the opposite edge so the felt squares don’t pop up and there you have it!  


I would highly suggest doing this activity outside.  It tends to get messy!

How to Play:

Explain to the kids that they are “The Claw!”  Using their “claw” they reach into the box without looking and feel whatever is inside.


Water beads!  This was a favorite.

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We decided that the water beads felt like peeled grapes.

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Some of the kids were more excited about the new sensations than others.


The macaroni noodles and rice were played with the least.  How can they compete with water beads and Oobleck?


For those of you who don’t know–Oobleck is just a mixture of cornstarch (about 1 cup), water (about 1/2 cup), and food coloring.  Add the food coloring to your water before you pour it into the cornstarch.  Add your water slowly.  Mix it together with your hands.  You can tell it’s at the right consistency when you can create little balls but the balls turn to liquid when you stop rolling your fingers.  Isn’t cornstarch crazy stuff?!

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The Oobleck was Goofy’s favorite cup by far!  I removed the cup from the box so that she could play with it without getting the other kids dirty.


Oobleck in one hand–water beads in the other.  (She was not going to let go of that Oobleck for anything.)  


Oobleck is very easy to clean.  When it dries it simply brushes off.  Make sure not to dump your Oobleck down the drain.  Throw it away in the garbage can.

You can get really creative and decorate your box.  This activity can be used for any party as well.  Create more holes to explore.  Have party guests fish for prizes in rice or corn kernels!

Click on the picture below and enjoy the really cool video of a girl running across the cornstarch and water!  (I LOVE Steve Spangler Science.  He makes science so fun and attainable for kids.)  

Running Across the Cornstarch Water

Running Across the Cornstarch Water


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Welcome to Fun-Filled Flicks! I am a Disney-loving mother of three who hopes that this site will help you make lots of memories with your own family.


  1. Adelina Priddis

    June 14, 2013 at 7:42 am

    This is awesome! I’m definitely going to try this one.

    • Fun-Filled Flicks

      June 14, 2013 at 7:45 am

      That makes me so happy. Let me know what your kids think when you try it out! Have fun.

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