Play-Doh is such a great way to encourage your child to work on hand strengthening and fine motor skills. You can use cookie cutters to make shapes or even adorable animals and have your child learn about the animals. Depending on what your child is into, you can use this opportunity to bring in items they have at home and incorporate them into their sensory play.
For example, if your child loves dinosaurs, have your child roll up dinosaur eggs, hide them around the table and under or near objects. They can use their dinosaur to go on a hunt and collect their eggs. If your child loves princesses, make jewelry or design a tiara. If your child loves letters or numbers you can make them out of the edible dough then have them try to match what you made and then play a memory or matching game.
I love edible dough because it works on so many skills simultaneously. So go ahead and play with your food! Here's how to make it...
2 ½ cups of flour
½ cup of salt
2 packages of Kool-Aid (any flavor although we love Tropical Punch)
1 teaspoon of Cream of Tartar
2 cups of boiling water
3 tablespoons of oil
Place in a bowl the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and oil.
Slowly add the hot water.
Lastly, have your children add in the packages of Kool-Aid. They get excited to see the colors and smells!
Slowly stir with a wooden spoon because of the hot water. Once I feel it is cool enough, we use our hands to continue to mix the play-doh.