The Importance of Playdoh
Sometimes, we are scared to give our little ones playdoh. What if they eat it? What if they get it in the carpet? What about cleaning it up? Playdough is very important for your child. It just takes some supervision on your part but if you're like me, you just let'em have at it and then clean up the mess as long as they sit in their seats at the table.
The mess isn't bad as long as you make a rule that it stay on the kitchen table or any hard surface you prefer for easy clean up. I do them outdoors...
Why is it so important???
It helps your child develop those little muscles in his fingers and hands. Think about it. There is work involved in using playdoh: pounding, stretching, pulling, squeezing, cutting, etc. When children use playdoh together or with you they are also learning to share. Talking about colors and shapes of playdoh also increases language and you can even talk about the things they make.
Below are some tips...
1. Always supervise.
2. Create with them.
3. Provide safe tools.
(cookie cutters, play utensils, rolling pins and plastic scissors)
4. You can protect your surface by purchasing a cheap plastic tablecloth.
5. Provide lotsw of colors, let them mix the colors. Playdoh is cheap!
6. Make your own playdough together. (see below)
This is an edible version! YUMMM!
Make Your Own Standard Playdough!
This one is not so edible...
1 cup of flour
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of salt
2 tbsp cream of tartar
1 tbsp veggie oil
Food coloring (wait)
Mix ingredients together (except food coloring) ina saucepan.
Cook over low to medium heat, stir continuously until mixture forms a ball.
Let it cool slightley, knead in the food coloring in your hands.
Store in a airtight container.
Have fun with your kids using playdough!
However, let it go if your child gets sick of it. There will be plenty of chances to play together.
Recipe and some tips from www.chartart.org/playdough.htm
Oh, and take pictures!!!