Play dough. Who doesn’t love it?! I know it’s not as cool as an Ipad or an X-Box One console, but it’s very beneficial for little ones or any age for that matter.
It’s wonderful for sensory play and imagination. It also helps with fine motor skills and strengthening little fingers, hands, and wrists that are critical for physical development such as writing, drawing, etc.
Children are not just playing but learning. They learn to roll, flatten, cut, chop, poke, squash, squeeze, pinch, mold, twist, and manipulations such as eye-hand coordination. Enough talking, let’s make some play dough!
You’ll need the following ingredients: (*This page contains affiliate links)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (coconut oil can be a substitute)
- Food coloring (use Koolaid packets or even Jello packets for substitution)
1. Combine the salt, cream of tartar, vegetable oil, and 1 cup of water in a saucepan and heat until warm.
2. Remove sauce pan from heat and add the flour and drops of food coloring to your desired color. Stir until incorporated.
3. Turn out onto counter top and kneed until the dough is smooth.
Voila! Now you’re ready to play! How easy was that?! My boys helped make the play dough so it was VERY fun for them to see the final results. My husband was also impressed.
If you don’t have time, click HERE for the next best option. *Store play dough in an air tight container or plastic freezer bag.
My husband’s childhood favorite was the Play-Doh Doctor Drill ‘n Fill Set. He vividly remembers making the teeth molds and inserting them into a big mouth pretending to be a dentist. Today, our two boys absolutely love play dough! It’s a staple “toy” in our home.
I do hope you’ll make it with your little ones. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!