Monday, August 17, 2009

Play Dough

As we are getting the Strickland School ready, we have been gathering and organizing our supplies. (Check in on the Strickland School Site on the sidebar to see how the school prep is going)

We have especially been gathering up our preschool supplies. Our boys need to be engaged in activities and I want them to learn as well while the girls are learning.
We decided to make some fresh batches of play dough. I wanted to post our favorite play dough recipe. (Located at the bottom of this post) In this recipe, you add the sugarless koolaid packets in it. This give the dough a wonderful smell and great color. I like that this dough is made out of flour, non toxic, wont get stuck in your carpet or ruin your clothes. I store the dough in reused coffee cans. I wash, air out and save these coffee cans, they make great play dough jars with labels added on them!

Some of the reasons why I think playing with play dough can be beneficial to a child: ~Stimulates the senses
~A stress relief

~Allows for creativity
~Developmetally- Manipulation develops the child’s large and small muscles and fosters eye-hand coordination.

~Educational- Add shape, number, or alphabet cookie cutters.

Funny, everytime my girls play with play dough, they want to take pictures of their creations. These are just two of the many pictures I have of them with play dough! For Family Night a few weeks ago, we did playdough for a couple of hours! Joel had fun doing the hair salon- you know, the little people who grow the play dough hair then you cut it off? It was hilarious! Even our dad can get creative!

Here is the recipe. HAVE FUN!!

Kool-Aid Playdough Recipe

10 min | 10 min prep

1 batch dough

  • 2 ½ cups flour

  • ½ cup salt

  • 2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid powdered drink mix

  • 2 cups boiling water

  • 3 tablespoons oil

  1. Mix flour, salt, Kool-Aid and oil until blended.

  2. Add boiling water, mix with spoon until cool enough to knead.

  3. Continue kneading until color is blended.

  4. Store in air tight bag or container in the refrigerator.

1 comment:

the Jennings secede from the South said...

So cool- I loved playing with playdough and I always thought it would taste like brownie dough but it didn't.