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22. Playdough

Children's Activities - PlaydoughChildren, especially toddlers enjoy exploring and experiencing things using all their senses.  Playdough is can be enjoyable and satisfying experience for children.

Children (and many adults) love to squeeze and squish dough between fingers and rolling dough in a rhythmic nature. It is calming and restorative. Young children will poke and prod, squeeze and pull in their early play and will learn overtime to roll out and experiment with making objects of their choice. Young children will often try and eat the dough – discourage this as there is a high salt content.

Playdough recipe
1 ½ cups salt
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon Cream of Tartar
2 tablespoons Oil
2 cups boiling water

Mix together. Knead dough until smooth and warm, add a bit more water if the dough is too dry. It will keep in an airtight container. You can add different things to dough to enhance the activity for example, make fairy dough by adding glitter, Use food colourings for different colours, add an essential oil or dried herbs to add another sensory element of the play.

Learning

Emotional release, small muscle control and development, hand eye co-ordination, creativity, language, maths and science.

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