Who would think that a pile of soft, pliable, mush would bring such satisfaction . . .
. . .such creativity!
I've been making playdough for my cherubs since they were toddlers.
I used to keep baggies full of different colored dough balls . . .
. . . and lots of tools!
Here's a list of fun tools:
- old cookie cutters
- plastic knives
- small rolling pins
- old biscuit cutters
- an old garlic press
- small wooden hammer
- plastic rolling crimper
- popsicle sticks
- an old melon baller
- small potato masher
Which is kind of sad!
But yesterday, my girl cherub and a friend were playing and I offered to make playdough for them . . .
. . .and they were SO excited!
They each choose their playdough color, which went a little beyond the basic color chart on the back of the food coloring box!
In a matter of minutes they each had their dough . . .
. . .and they played for the longest time; creating and imagining!
It's fun being a kid!
Here are some benefits of playing with playdough
- Helps to strengthen little fingers, hands and wrists, which improves fine-motor skills.
- It is an open-ended toy; play-dough can be anything - food, animals, bowls, shapes etc.
- It helps to foster your child's imagination.
- It helps children develop self esteem; there is no right or wrong and the child has the opportunity to gain mastery over their environment.
- It is a great release for tension or angry feelings - squeezing, punching, poking are all acceptable if done to playdough.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup water mixed with drops of food coloring (as many as you want!)
1 TBSP oil
Put all of the ingredients in a saucepan; stirring well until all of the ingredients are well incorporated. Cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring the mixture. A rubbery ball will begin to form; continue stirring until it's "playdough" like. This won't take long. Let it cool a bit until you can kneed it to a smooth consistency.
Let the fun begin!