When you think winter, which scents come to your mind? For me, scents associated with winter are orange and cinnamon! So, today we have made orange and cinnamon scented homemade play dough for pretend play in kid’s kitchen!Both of my kids enjoyed playing with these and they kept sniffing the dough and their hands. This was, once again, first experience they had with scented play dough and I’m very happy they enjoyed it!
Do you play with scented play dough with your kids? Which scents are their favorites?
Last time we have tried to make cooked homemade play dough, this time we decided to try and make no cooking recipe for play dough. Ingredients are similar for basic recipe:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup salt
- 2 tsp tartar sauce
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1 cup of water
- optional: food color and scent.
We used for orange scented play dough red and yellow food color and orange extract. For cinnamon scented play dough we only used powdered cinnamon. We started by mixing flour and salt, adding tartar sauce and oil. Water should be mixed with food color and scent (or powder in second dough) before adding to flour mixture. And then, stir all well until you can’t stir no more. Move to hand kneeing until you get the texture that feels right.
Of course, first thing my daughter did with play dough was to make holes with her finger. Not sure why, but she simply loves doing it. I have left her explore it for some time because it turns out that these 2 doughs have really very different texture – cinnamon play dough was much more coarse on the touch than orange dough.
After some time she started cutting out cookie shapes with cookie cutter I prepared in advance and she had fun getting dough out of the cutter and creating little balls for decoration. Playtime continued for some time and she brought other cutting tools from her kitchen. When she was done, we stored the play dough in an airtight container and left it in a fridge as it should be ok for play for next several months.
To get a bit more background about importance of sensory play, we recommend you to read book Sensory Bins: the What, the How & the Why. It has basics covered with many play ideas, all in easy to understand language (for parents like me!). Another great book to check is 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1-5. Packed with fun things to do with toddlers and preschoolers!
|In January, we are participating in 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge with different daily sensory prompt. You can read more about this challenge over at Adventures of Adam.TOMORROW WE ARE PLAYING WITH
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Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.