Hello parents, students and all the great people out there who are together and sharing time at home as we hopefully heal our communities from this virus upon us. My hope is to bring ideas to you that I love to do with children and share a play adventure with you over the next few weeks. Please feel free to email me pictures or videos of your “play times” together so I can share them with you. I will be sharing the first activities Sunday and will continue to do them every other day. I will use resources that I hope most of you might find at home or outside in yard or park. In addition, I will offer links to resources you can also use that will connect to an activity so you can extend on it more.
If you have the time tomorrow you could start by making some homemade play dough. I will list below two fun ways I like to do it. One recipe is a stove top dough and the other is a recipe for the incredible kitchen assistant…the crock pot/slow cooker. In addition, I will attach an edible one that can also be created for “gluten intolerance” needs.
Crockpot Play Dough
2 Cups of flour
1/2 Cup of salt
3 Tablespoons of cream of tartar
3 Tablespoons of cornstarch
2 Cups of warm water
2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
1/2 tablespoon of almond oil (optional especially with food allergy) or orange/lemon peel
ADD all dry ingredients to crock pot (slow cooker), followed by the wet ingredients. Stir until well combined. Add a few drops of food coloring and stir until you have the desired color.
Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.
Remove lid and stir dough until you have a right consistency. Scoop out and store in air tight container or bag until you are ready to PLAY!
**Be careful as play dough can be hot when you remove it from the crock pot.
**For multiple colors mix colors after in separate bowls.
STOVE TOP Play Dough
2 Cups of Flour
2 Cups of Water
3/4 Cups of salt
4 Teaspoons of Cream of Tartar
2 Tablespoons fo vegetable oil
*Food coloring (optional)
Combine dry ingredients in saucepan before it is warm. Add 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Use a spoon to mix wet and dry ingredients. Stir until there are no clumps and the ingredients are completely combined. Cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. It might cook faster depending on the heat of your stovetop. Remove when dough is not longer wet. Add food coloring or scent (orange peel) . Knead for 30 seconds or more. This is great for little fingers to strengthen their fine motor skills. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. If dough gets dry add a few drops of water.
HERE IS THE LINK TO THE EDIBLE/GLUTEN FREE RECIPE: