Though our Tasty Tuesday post is typically centered around a cooking recipe, this week we are focused on integrating sensory experiences for our preschoolers! What I love the MOST about making play dough with your kiddo is twofold … (1) great bonding activity! and (2) you KNOW what’s in it … if your child happens to shove it in their mouth when your back is turned (mine does!), though it’s not good for them and I definitely advise against it, there is nothing in these recipes that can really hurt your kiddo (though … ahem … keep it away from dogs! Something in it makes them sick. I know this from several experiences.)
Play dough is one of the most inexpensive projects you can make with your kiddo that will last for quite a while if it’s stored properly. There are SO many yummy recipes out there for fun fun fun play dough that your child will just be delighted with. Purchase a wooden dowel for less than a dollar at any craft or hardware store (even wal-mart!), and have it broken down into smaller chunks to create super cheap rolling pins. Most craft stores will have plenty of themed cookie cutters for your little one to use with their new play dough.
Kool-Aide play dough is one of my very favorite recipes to make because (a) it brings delicious color to each batch and (b) it delivers a delightful scent! The only trick is to keep your hands completely out of the un-mixed kool-aid while you pour it in so as to keep the stains out of your hands and hopefully (not with my luck!) your clothes.Once it’s mixed in, the color will not bleed onto your (or your child’s) skin or clothes!
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid – any flavor/color
2 cups boiling water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 T cream of tartar
Mix the salt, flour, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid packets. (Be sure you are using the small sachets of unsweetened mix.) Use one color per batch (although you can mix your own color and/or add food coloring to intensify the color).
Add the boiling water and oil and stir until blended. Let cool, and then knead until the dough is consistent in color and texture.
You can store it for several months in a zippered plastic bag or other airtight container. DO NOT EAT!!!