Dough it yourself!
Who doesn’t love play dough? Squishy, bright, fun, and cheap! Come and enjoy this homemade project with me!
What you need:
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons oil (you can add a pinch or two more if you feel like it’s still a little too sticky)
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 package of sugar-free jello
1. Have your little one measure and mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan-even if takes a little longer and a little messier. Not only is it fun for them but it also encourages them to work on those motor skills! Whisking is can be challenging for their little hands but it’s a great way to exercise those muscles. Keep going until those lumps are gone!
2. Now it’s ready to hit the stove!
3. Get those muscles moving! Cook it over medium heat, stir continuously until it thickens to a ball of dough. This step takes a while, so be patient and keep stirring until it doesn’t stick to your fingers.
4. Once it is done cooking, place it on a mat to let it cool for about 20 minutes and you are set for hours of fun! Once you are done, store the dough in an air tight container. If it starts to get sticky, just add a little more flour.
5. HAVE FUN! There’s a whole lot of squishing, rolling, kneading, cutting, and endless exploring with this simple and fun sensory activity. 🙂 You can even use cookie cutters to make shapes! Check out my other post for how I used these for our lesson on land and water and on fine motor skills activities.
If you haven’t tried this, I highly recommend it! I think my husband does too!He even made himself some taro ice cream!