I finally made this month’s Winter Play Dough!
I’ve been meaning to make up some new play dough for ages. After the chaos of Christmas I always find it hard to get motivated in January. I found this list of play dough ideas organised by months last week and I loved the January one so that gave me the push to get organised.
- White play dough – I used this recipe. When I’ve made white play dough in the past, I’ve just used a standard recipe and not put any colour in it but it does end up kind of grey so this worked better.
- Silver stars
- Glass pebbles
- Shiny pipe cleaners
- Play dough stampers – I got these from The Dotty Dough Factory She doesn’t seem to have the same ones is stock anymore but she has similar tools and makes lovely homemade play dough. We’ve bought lots of bits from there over the years.
- Star cutters – snow flake ones would make more sense but I didn’t have any!
*** Obviously none of this is actually toddler proof. Please use sensible judgement. The glass pebbles in particular pose a choking hazard and are not suitable for children who are still at the stage of putting things in their mouth Nor is it suitable as a ‘busy toy’ while you get on with other things unless the child is older. ***
For general information about how I use play dough go to my post about Autumn play dough
- Play dough in general is good for fine motor skills and hand muscle development.
- Objects of different sizes and shapes required different grasps for Little Miss to pick them up.
- Both children were able to fully engage at their own level
- Although it doesn’t actually look like it from the outcome(!) Little Miss was looking carefully at what was available and choosing what she wanted.
- I was able to model language and counting as she played (this is a fancy way of saying I talked to her about the choices she was making 😉 )
This has been really popular which is why we now have tiny stars spread over our house! I’d better get planning for February please let me know if you have any ideas 🙂
For more winter activties check out my pinterest board