Play dough powerSquishing, rolling, sculpting, molding . . . young children love to play with play dough. Add some props from around the home and play dough play becomes a powerful way to support your child’s learning. This simple preschool staple lets children use their imaginations and strengthen the small muscles in their fingers—the same muscles they will one day use to hold a pencil and write.
Make your own play doughVicki Czerwinski, ECFE Lead Home Visitor, shares her favorite play dough recipe. Czerwinski says, "It's my most requested recipe, you need just a few simple ingredients - most of which you probably have at home. Making it is fun for kids of all ages, including toddlers."2 1/2 cups Flour1/2 cup Salt2 packages of unsweetened Kool-Aid3 tablespoons Vegetable Oil2 cups Water (must be boiling)Instructions:
Whether a child or simply young at heart, playing with play dough is an opportunity for everyone to have some fun and be creative while learning!
- Combine dry ingredients (flour, salt, and Kool-Aid) in a large bowl
- Add oil to boiling water then add to dry ingredients. Stir well to mix, being careful not to spill boiling water.
- When cool to touch, knead until dough consistency. Keeps best in an airtight bag or container.