Making your own play dough is a great family activity that encourages toddlers and kids to develop fine motor skills. While it gets them away from electronics and television, it also furthers their sensory development.
On a weekend or during the holidays, it’s a great idea to spend the day doing a family activity that benefits the child’s growth.
Cooked Play dough:
- 4 cups (1L) flour
- 2 cups (500ml) salt
- 4 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 4 cups (1L) water
- 2 tablespoons oil
- Food colouring or tempera paint
Combine all the ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until stiff. Let it cool and knead. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. This will create soft, springy dough.
Encourage the kids to make different shapes with the play dough. Creating different patterns in the dough (e.g zig zag lines) allows them to touch different types of textures.
“I have always loved kneading the warm dough with my beautiful kids; there is something just so soothing about it.” Dr. Raelene Hiddle
Miller, K. (1999). Simple Steps Developmental Activities for Infants, Toddlers, and Two-Year Olds. Beltsville: Gryphon House.