No Cook Play-Dough

I love play dough.  I love the way it squishes between my fingers.  I love making play dough pancakes and seeing the colorful shapes I can make.  I even love the way you can use big clumps of it to pick up littler bits as you clean up.  Play dough just feels good.  It’s therapeutic.  In fact, if you’ve got a toddler running in circles or a preschoolers on the verge of a tantrum, try pulling out the play dough and see what happens.  There’s little better for releasing pent up energy or emotions.  (Some therapists even use squishable toys and items such as these to help build coping skills.)  We keep tubs of the stuff around, but I think this week we may just make our own.  I always liked homemade better anyway, and the kiddos can help out and get some good sensory play at the same time.  There are all sorts of fun textures and sensations in both making and playing with dough!

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 Tb. vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water

Instructions:

Mix the dry ingredients.  Add the oil.  Slowly add the water to the dry mixture.  Check for desired consistency as you add the water.  Knead the dough until it is smooth.  Store dough in an airtight container.

When you’re all done have some fun experimenting with the dough.  Grab cookie cutters, spoons, plastic cups, or whatever else you can think of and explore.

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