Playing with and using your hands is a great source of learning. Kids learn daily without realizing, and such is the case when it comes to making homemade playdough. Let me tell you why this homemade playdough recipe is the best way to beat that indoor slump.
Source of Indoor Fun
While the weather is sure to get cooler, there may be days you’re stuck inside. Making Homemade Playdough is a fantastic source of fun anytime of the year. Firstly, the kids get to get their hands messy (most kids like that, but a few of mind can only handle it so long before they have to go wash their hands, haha!). Secondly, each child can make their own color and most of us are aware how fun it is for children to have that little bit of control. Then lastly, there’s the actual playing of that squishy goodness!
How Messy is it?
I’m pretty much immune to the kitchen being a total disaster as I’m always cooking or baking in the midst of everyday life with 5 kiddos running around me. I mean that literally, I could never count how many times I have said, “Get out of the Kitchen!” in one day to one child, much less… well, you get the picture. The good news for you, is you don’t have to worry about a big mess in the kitchen because it’s all done in one bowl and mostly with your hands. I felt like it was pretty easy cleanup.
What age levels can make this homemade playdough recipe
Young ids aren’t the greatest at accurate measuring, and that’s okay because the recipe is pretty forgiving. If your dough it too sticky, add more flour. If your dough it not sticking together well ad more water. Therefore, it would be easy and appropriate for you to do this with your babies and toddlers. Yes, I said BABIES! Just use your hands to mover your baby’s hands to measure, stir, or whatever you wish.
If you have older children, they may enjoy making this on their own. I know a few independent kids who like to be chefs in the kitchen. Encourage your big kids to make some for their little siblings or cousins, or to create homemade gifts for people they know. Promote independence!
Homemade Playdough for Speach Therapy
It’s perfect for talking with toddlers and babies. You’ll be speaking with your toddler a lot during both the process of mixing and the process of play. Making homemade playdough will prompt words such as: Pike, Pat, Roll, Smash, Ball, etc. Speech Therapist use playdough as teaching tool everyday.
Again, promote independence in your kids. Kids with Autism will thrive in making playdough even if they won’t touch it. Using a spoon, or wearing rubber gloves while mixing with hands is a genius alternative. Then of course, there’s all the sensory aspects of playdough as well. Take this recipe above and beyond for your sweeties on or off the spectrum. It’s universal.
Homemade Playdough Recipe
1 cup flour
1 tbs cream of tartar
1/2 cup warm water
liquid food coloring
1. Combine flour and cream of tartar.
2. Slowly add the warm water while mixing with a spoon.
3. As a dough forms, add food coloring and mix with your hands until color spreads to all areas of the dough.
Tip: Add 4 drops of color to make a pastel color, or add more to make darker colors. We created this color by using 10 drops (or more) of blue food coloring.