The Interactive Break
Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Well, it’s just 15 minutes until you can take a breather but still be involved!
Playdough is fun for everyone, even adults. As preschool teachers, we sometimes get enthralled by molding playdough; it’s super relaxing and versatile. You can roll, poke, squish, mold, stack, and cut playdough. It allows for endless creativity and stimulates our sensory nerves. But, that nostalgic (not in a good way) smell of packaged playdough? YUCK!
Adding a smell component to playdough provides more sensory activities. Make a bunch and color the dough according to the smell. This helps the little ones connect foods and smells with the associated color.
There are so many different recipes out there, but this is one of our favorites.
Let your kids help you scoop and measure, too!
1 Cup flour
1/2 Cup salt
1 Cup water
1 Tablespoon oil
2 Teaspoons cream of tartar (Helps to last long)
About 5-10 drops Essential oils
A few drops of extracts (Coconut, almond, vanilla etc.)
Step 1. Stir all ingredients in saucepan over medium heat, except the extracts/essential oils. Stir until it forms a big mashed potato-like clump in the center. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes or until cool enough to touch.
Step 2. Knead the dough and add the oil/extract of choice! (Our favorite is lavender. It smells delicious and has calming properties for days when you’ve got a headache and energetic kiddos!)
Step 3. Time to play or store in an airtight container!