This morning Andrew and I made some play dough! I used this recipe all of the time when I was teaching and it really makes a nice, smooth dough. We tried to make it red, but settled with more pink! Try it out!
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1 t cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 T oil
vanilla extract (or peppermint, almond, whatever you like!)
put everything in a saucepan and whisk over medium heat until it is nearly set. Let it cool. On a floured surface knead it into a smooth dough. I usually add a little more flour if it seems sticky.
In Mommy School Andrew and I use playdough and number cookie cutters to make 2 digit numbers (what numbers do we need for 23? a 2 and a 3? ok, let’s cut out the 2 and the 3. Now, which one goes first?). Andrew’s not so strong with his fine motor skills, so using the playdough helps him work on the cognitive skill of numeracy without having the frustration of working a pencil and paper. Plus, manipulating play dough builds strength and function in his hands so that using pencil and paper will be easier for him. And, it’s pretty fun. And relaxing! win-win-win-win!