This week’s sensory activity was play dough. My son (3) helped me measure the ingredients. And then he and his sister (1) played! I gave them long wooden cylinders from the block basket and a few leaf-shaped cookie cutters for fall. They had a blast squishing and rolling and cutting.
Here’s my favorite play dough recipe. (It comes from a collection of recipes I have compiled over years of teaching. I don’t recall its origination.):
Mix all of the ingredients together in a pan and cook over medium heat stirring constantly until the dough thickens enough to form a ball. Dump onto the counter and knead (when it’s cool). It should keep for a week in an airtight container.
1c. flour (I’ve used both bleached white and whole wheat and they both work well)
2t. cream of tartar
1T. vegetable oil
If you don’t already make a point of giving your children a variety of sensory activities, I highly recommend it. Not only are they wonderful learning experiences, they are often calming and incredibly engaging for children. Best of all for us parents, they keep them busy and quiet for longer than you might think.