Who doesn't love play dough, it brings a smile to they young and old!
Part of my son's therapy is heavy work with his hands. There is a product called "Theraputty"" which is intentionally heavier for the children to work with.
However, we enjoy making play dough ourselves........
Aleq is able to focus better when he is involved in making something with his hands. Of course, the only thing he thinks about making with the play dough is animals.
We make our own playdough. Sometimes we go a step further and use this to help with his smelling issues.
The recipe that we use, I found it in our Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space book.
Recipe for Play Dough:
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup salt
- 4 teaspoons of tartar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cups of water
- wax paper
- food coloring
- Mix flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a large pot.
- Add oil and water. Mix until smooth
- Over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture leaves the sides of the pot.
For SPD children that have Olfactory Sense issues (smelling) you can put just a little bit of essential oils or extracts.
Here are some calming scents: lavendar, almond extract, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and pine.
These are scents that could cause alertness: chocolate, coffee, lemon, orange, mint,and peppermint.
This is great as a family activity as well.
Live, Love, Laugh and Play!