We love winter, but it usually means more time indoors and the need to come up with different activities to entertain our thriving toddler. Violet and I cook together each week and this week we made playdough. There’s something about the sensation of shaping, pulling and rolling play dough that is enjoyable at any age. Allowing your imagination to run wild with creation. We added some awesome bright colours to match the essential oils we chose to add some beautiful therapeutic effects whilst we play.
Here are some benefits of playing with Playdough and inccoporating essential oils
1. Fine Motor Skill Development- great for strengthening muscle tone in little hands. Squashing, squishing, flattening and rolling, all develop children’s muscles and encourage prewriting and other skills such as cutting with a scissors or holding a pencil.
2. Calming and Therapeutic- simply sitting and squashing and rolling a piece of playdough in your hand is a very calming and soothing activity. Adding a few drops of essential oils to the dough can really make all of the difference to a little one’s mood. As the dough is kneaded, the essential oil aromas are inhaled and you and your child are receiving the therapeutic benefits of the chosen Essential oil. Also keeps Mama calm when the colours get mixed up and are beyond repair.
3. Creativity and Imagination: the possibilities for playdough play are limitless. Violet loves to create all sorts of things with playdough, butterflies, cuddly Koalas and rolly polly snails are some of her favourites. I give her a wide variety of materials to use with the playdough, inspiring creativity and encouraging use of her imagination, she has a vivid one.
4. Develops Hand-Eye Co-ordination: by using a variety of materials and objects in playdough play can enhance hand-eye co-ordination.
5. Social Skills: any activity where children are hands-on involved creates a fantastic opportunity for developing social skills. I love playing with Violet, playing collaboratively, problem solving and having some adorable conversations as we go. “mum check out this awesome cuddly and snuggly Koala I made” and it was awesome.
6. Literacy and Numeracy development: At the moment we are working on numeracy and have counting to 20 down pat. Playing with letters to spell out her name is something we can do with playdough.
7. Promotes Play: Playdough allows children to be children, to slow down and play, using a range of their senses and skills. You’d be amazed at the conversations two rolled up pieces of playdough can have.
OUR PLAYDOUGH RECIPE
I chose to cook with my kitchen bestie the thermomix
100g Cooking Salt
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
250g plain flour
1 tablespoon of olive oil
gel food coloring
doTERRA essential oils
Place water, salt and cream of tartar into the mixing bowl and heat 5 minutes/60 degrees/speed 3. Allow to cool below 60.
Add flour and oil and mix 40 seconds/speed 4 until combined and thick. Then knead for 1 minute/interval speed.
Split into portions. And to each portion add 3-4 drops of essential oil and 1-2 drops of food coloring and knead.
Store in an airtight container to prevent from drying out.