| Let your child help
you mix up a batch of playdough, then enjoy the following activities
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
About 1 cup water
Mix flour, salt, and oil together in large bowl. Add several drops
of food coloring to the water. Stir the flour mixture as you slowly
add the water until a ball of dough forms. Knead the dough until it
is soft and pliable. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Variation: Omit the food coloring when mixing the dough together.
Divide the dough into two or three parts and knead a different color
of food coloring into each one.
| Exploring Playdough
Let your child use only his or her hands to explore the playdough.
Talk about the sorts of things you can do with just your hands.
Talk about rolling, pounding, and stretching the dough. Then
set out a few tools for your child to use, such as a small rolling
pin, a table knife, and some cookie cutters.
Set out the playdough and an assortment of craft sticks and
drinking straws cut into sections. Let your child create a sculpture
by combining pushing the craft sticks and straws into the playdough.
Or, show your child how to roll the playdough into balls and
use them to hold the ends of the craft sticks or straws together
to make larger shapes.
Find an old plastic lid. Turn the lid upside down and push a
small amount of playdough into it. Let your child push popcorn
kernels, dried beans, and pasta pieces into the playdough to
create a mosaic.