Kids Crafts- Make your own Playdough

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Play dough provides tactile learning experiences which can stimulate a child’s imagination.It gives them a chance to discover how a soft, stretchy material can behave.It can be a soothing and relaxing activity with many hidden learning opportunities.

While poking, rolling, and squishing playdough, children develop the small muscles in their fingers and hands, gaining strength and improving dexterity in their hands and fingers, critical areas of physical development for writing,and drawing.Having a wide range of additional extras to use while playing extends the investigation and play possibilities endlessly. Poking in sticks provides a challenge and a new physical skill.Squeezing through a garlic press uses gross movement and  leads to wonder and amazement at seeing it transform into wriggly worms,sticking in spaghetti requires a delicate hand leading on to threading and stacking pasta shapes or beads to decorate with skill and instant results.

Providing boxes and containers with various shaped compartments can lead to cooking play, sorting, matching, ordering and counting, all naturally and without pressure to learn.

Collecting things you find from nature children can have multi-sensory experiences and engage with the world around them in a whole new way.A jar of candles and cupcakes cases leads naturally to birthday party role-play, counting out candles and singing!Glass pebbles and shells can lead to sea-side imaginative small world play with story telling about sea creatures and mermaids pirates and lost islands and treasure.

Little children can struggle to express their emotions and using dough while talking and singing can really help that process. all that squeezing and pummelling are great for stress relief and can feel extremely therapeutic.It’s perfect to set out after nap time or after a long day at school or preschool and really helps kids to unwind.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • half a cup of salt
  • food colouring (optional)

Method Place all the ingredients in a saucepan at a low heat. Stir continuously until the mixture thickens to a firm dough texture

Adding scents colours and little sensory items can stimulate a childs imagination. I am sure you will have many ideas but here are a few to help to to begin with…Cocoa powder,ginger,cinnamon,food colouring, food flavouring, essential oils, herbs, rice.

Store the dough in an airtight container such as a plastic bag or box, and keep it in the fridge. Like this the dough should keep for up to 2 weeks.

Store the dough in an airtight container such as a plastic bag or box, and keep it in the fridge. Like this the dough should keep for up to 2 weeks.




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