Create: Play Dough

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Sensory play is so important to a child’s development. What is sensory play? Anything that stimulates at least one of a child’s five senses. It’s about allowing kids to explore and learn about their world through their senses, and helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, as well as helping to foster creativity.

This week’s big sensory project at the Junebug House is play dough. This is a great project for toddlers and preschoolers because it’s very easy and cheap, and you probably already have the basic ingredients in your pantry.

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{PLAY DOUGH RECIPE}

1 cup of flour

1/2 cup of salt

1/2 cup of water

food coloring, kool-aid, or liquid watercolors

I prefer the liquid watercolors because they’re washable and they don’t stain little fingers. However, kool-aid packets add scent, which stimulates yet another sense.

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To make the dough, mix the three main ingredients (you can use a spoon, but your hands are really the best tool for this).

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Then add some coloring and knead until well mixed. That’s it.

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Almost-4-year-old Caleb did the mixing for me this time, and he loved it. I threw in a plastic knife and some cookie cutters and he played happily for over three hours. That’s no joke, y’all. This is a LOT of fun. We created things together, and then he excused me so he could make his own creations. Hank got involved, too, and tasted it more than once. My kitchen was a mess afterward, but clean up is NOT as bad as you would imagine. And it’s so worth it to see them explore and create and take pride in the knowledge that they made something awesome with their own two hands.

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What is YOUR favorite creative activity to do with your kids? Sound off in the comments!

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