Volume One of Connecting to Learn contains a handout with great information about what can be learned with playdough!
Here are a few highlights, along with the playdough recipe.
Aids in language and literacy development.
Strengthens hands and improves fine motor control.
Encourages imaginative and cooperative play.
Here’s our favorite play dough recipe (it is also included in C2L):
2 c. water - heated to boiling in microwave
4 t. cream of tartar
1 c. salt
4 T oil (baby, vegetable, or canola)
2-3 c. flour
Mix together in a metal dish with a metal spoon until well blended. Turn onto a floured surface to finish mixing. Add flour to desired consistency. Store in an airtight container. Will last for months.
Just for fun, try…
Swapping out ½ of the flour and adding in cocoa powder.
Add spices like cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice
Add food coloring or kool aid
Add vanilla, almond, peppermint, or orange extract
Don't limit your playdough use to the child space - bring it into the parent room too! Parents love to de-stress with some playdough time as they discuss the days topic.