Not “Just” Playdough

Playdough can be used as a means to support your child’s development in many areas. What is best about playdough is that you and your child can enjoy making it together too!

An occupational therapist would tell you…

Fine motor skills can get a nice workout when you are strengthening your fingers to form different objects. See these awesome playmats to create different picture scenes.

Your tactile system will thank you for gaining exposure to the squishy good stuff! Have fun and add a variety of manipulatives (e.g., cars, plastic dinosaurs, coins, beads) and have your child find them in the playdough.

Your proprioceptive system will enjoy deep pressure through rolling a pin or pushing objects to make imprints.

What about olfactory? Don’t worry the olfactory system can gain exposure to different scents too! Here are some fun recipes for scented playdough.

Uplifting Citrus Playdough:

  • 1.5 cups of flour
  • 6 T of salt
  • 3 T of cream of tartar
  • 2 T of oil
  • 1.5 cups of water
  • zest of one orange and one grapefruit
  • 10 drops of orange essential oil
  • orange food coloring {just a few drops}

Calming Lavender Playdough:

  • 1.5 cups of flour
  • 6 T of salt
  • 3 T of cream of tartar
  • 2 T of oil
  • 1.5 cups of water
  • dried lavender flowers (optional but provides texture)
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • purple food color {a few drops}

Making the Playdough

To make the homemade playdoh, measured all the ingredients into a pot, whisked it until smooth, and then cook for a few minutes over low heat.

The key to making the dough soft and squishy is to stir it constantly while cooking and to remove the pot from the heat before the dough looks completely cooked.  Turn off the heat when the dough still has a few pretty sticky spots.  As the dough cools for a few minutes in the pot, the sticky spots will disappear and you can turn the dough out on a counter to knead it until smooth.

 

 

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