We’ve all been there, right? The yellow has been mixed with the red, the green has been mixed with the brown, all the colors are stuffed back into their containers; the texture is getting hard, there are crumbs all over the floor. “Ok, playdough time is over”
I know- I get it! But- when you put playdough in a child’s hand the opportunities are endless!
Now don’t feel like you need to go on amazon and purchase some High-Tec, super expensive play dough toys- go into your junk drawer (yes, I know we all have one) and pull out some loose parts! (crayons, yarn, rubber bands, paper clip, buttons, pencil, etc.)
Loose parts are simple, easy items that you already own!! Yes- you don’t need to buy anything! When children are given Loose parts, their creativity is tested; they design things that did not have a preconceived notion.
Look at some of the Loose parts items our children are using during their daily routine.
Take it up a notch, make your own playdough! Below is a simple recipe for homemade playdough; your kids will love making this with you.
*Hint- add a few drops of essential oils for an up-lifting or calming effect!
Lavender- calming and relaxing
Wild orange/Lemon- up-lifting
Easy Homemade playdough recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup salt
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 tbsp. Oil
- food coloring (optional)
- essential oils (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together in a pot or pan.
- Turn the stove on medium heat and stir until it has a playdough consistency.
- Set aside to cool down.
- Once lukewarm, knead it to get the right texture. My son likes to help with this process as playing with warm playdough is quite a novel thing for him to do.