Best No Cook Play-Doh a Multi-Sensory Learning Experience

 

Best Ever No Cook Play Doh, Play-Doh DIY Recipe- Approved by mom and easy enough for kids to make themselves - get your kids in the kitchen and start creating After years of buying store bought play-doh, and many play-doh recipe failures. I think we have officially stumbled across the best no cook play-doh recipe ever. We use play-doh both during read loud time and for busy bin free play.

 

I have found when children are able to keep their hands busy during read aloud time they are more likely to pay attention with their ears and less likely to want to speak over me; thus, making our time together much more enjoyable and productive.

While play-doh can be messy at times – it is still my preferred messy, fun activity {especially over glitter glue..}   Play-doh is great for fine motor development. The malleable properties make it an excellent choice for building hand strength and pre-writing development. It can be squashed, rolled, chopped, poked, and shredded allowing for hours of endless imaginary play.

Check out just some of the creations our kids created in our time together this week. Everything from play-doh pizza’s, ‘sugar’ cookies, to snakes, snails, and turtles –

Best No Cook Play-Doh a Multi-Sensory Learning Experience Want to make their open ended play-doh play time even more exciting? With a few simple supplies you can create an expansive play-doh tool box at a minimal cost. Here are some of the play-doh tools in our box;

    • small toys {dinosaurs, fish, farm animals}
    • straws
    • rolling pins
    • egg cartons
    • sea shells
    • buttons
    • plastic letters and numbers
    • popsicle sticks
    • plastic spoons, forks, and knives {you can omit this of coarse…our kids are a bit older now so I am comfortable with their ability to use them safely}
    • plates/bowls

 

Each of our children are typically given a tray with their selected dough color {they are encouraged to share}. I then, place a ‘tool box’ of supplies in the middle of the table for community use. They play and I read to them. When you add open ended play items to their dough experience the imaginations explode. {Encouraging them to create things they hear in the story is also another great way to ‘test’ their listening and comprehension.}

Want a multi-sensory experience? Flavor up your dough by adding any of these –

  • pumpkin spice
  • cinnamon
  • essential oils
  • ginger
  • oregano

Make it pink, blue, and yellow too…we use plain old food dye but, you can try any of these too I’m sure with an equally good result…

 

Add some texture –

  • rice
  • sand
  • glitter
  • tiny pasta
  • sequins
  • pebbles

Want to try the recipe we use?

Best Ever Play-Doh Recipe

The Best Ever Play-Doh Recipe

The Best Ever Play-Doh Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups of Flour {I have also used gluten free}
  • 1/2 C Cold Water
  • 1/2 C Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Oil
  • Food Coloring or Powdered Paint

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in the bowl {with hands. Keep kneading until it is just the way you want it. Too dry? Add a little more Oil. Too sticky? Add a tablespoon of flour until it feels perfect. You will now add any additional texture items or spices to your play-doh. Store in an air tight container or zip-lock bag for future use.
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Best No Cook Play-Doh a Multi-Sensory Learning Experience

DIY Water Color Ice Paint

DIY Water Color Ice Paint

Summer has officially begun in our house- swim lessons are well under way, the boat has set sail many times, and we are diving feet first into our 50 summer activities for kids. Like so many other kids- painting always seems to rank among my kids favorite “things to do list“. This activity is a combination of art, science, and sensory time fun. The beautiful color combinations, the coolness of the ice as your little ones paint, and well, the art part goes without saying. It is not very time consuming and with a little planning ahead he or she will be painting the rainbow in no time.

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You will need;
Kids, art class, sensory bin, water colors

Instructions; 

  • Add a few drops of food color to each slot of the ice cube tray
  • Fill with water
  • Cover with foil and poke sticks through- placing one stick in each of the 12 slots.
  • Freeze until firmly set and then let your little paint away

DIY Frozen Ice Paints- Summer is just around the corner keep their little hands busy with this multi-sensory activity

For More Summer Fun Activities – Be sure to print our “2014 Summer Bucket List”

50 Summer Fun Activities For Kids

Tired of Hearing - "I'm Bored" ? Here's 50 Summer Fun Activities For Kids To Help Keep Those Little Hands and Feet Busy

I don’t know about you but every summer seems to start off with a bang of activity, it fly’s by at lightening speed, and before I know it I’m reading teacher manuals-prepping lesson plans for the fall. 

 
Where did our summer go? What did we do?
 
I am a total advocate of letting kids be kids and fostering all things ‘creative’. I want my children to grow up as well rounded, giving, and selfless individuals.
 
Year after year I see–ha, who am I kidding? I’ve created ‘lists’ of things to do during the Summer months only to fall short and not follow through. This year, I am determined to complete our 50 summer time activities. Not because we need more to do but rather quite the opposite- my family is my focus.
 
So often we get caught up in the daily grind of life, sporting events, and travel plans- we forget to do life. We forget to be intentional, creative, and free. Free to “let it go” – the house work will be there- the laundry isn’t going anywhere as long as you choose to be clothed- and, the floors will be dirty as long as there is dirt outside. We are inside cooking and cleaning while, the kids run free. Unstructured creative play is so important for brain development – but, so is spending quality time with mom and dad.
 
Most of these activities are short in duration, require little to no prep, and guarantee some time with those who mean the most. A home is just that- it’s the people in it that really matter- so prepare to step off the ‘priority’ train and cut loose. 
 
Join us as we dive into summer – print your list and lets get started–we would love to hear all about your family summer adventures so be sure to leave us a comment here or on our facebook page– accountability will be the key to our success- let’s hold hands and see that our kids have the best summer ever. 
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50 Summer Activities For Kids

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  1. Have a picnic at a nearby park 
  2. Visit the local splash pad 
  3. Go to the zoo
  4. Deliver treats to the fire department 
  5. Visit the nature center
  6. Go on hike
  7. Visit a bee farm 
  8. Make our own Dairy Free Ice Cream
  9. Buried sandbox treasure hunt (pirate theme)
  10. DIY side walk paint
  11. Keep a Summer nature journal 
  12. Wash the cars
  13. Pick blueberries 
  14. Have a backyard camp out 
  15. Alphabet Adventure Scavenger Hunt 
  16. Attend vacation Bible school
  17. Take swim lessons 
  18. Have a lemonade sale 
  19. Join the local library reading program
  20. Have a tea party luncheon 
  21. Play water balloon toss
  22. Build a fort
  23. Family movie night
  24. Sponge Ball Toss
  25. Watercolor Ice Paint
  26. Have a Frozen party
  27. Family field day 
  28. Make play doh
  29. Tye-dye  night shirts 
  30. Glow stick dance party 
  31. Dinosaur dig 
  32. Make a fairy garden 
  33. DIY Chia Pet
  34. Painted Rock Tick-tack-toe 
  35. DIY stepping stones
  36. Make bubble snakes 
  37. Make your own snow cones 
  38. Write pen pals
  39. Painting with pudding 
  40. Make freezer banana pops 
  41. The Ultimate Cheetos Toss
  42. Painting with yarn 
  43. Go horse back riding 
  44. Milk a cow
  45. Host a book exchange 
  46. Paper plate ping pong tournament 
  47. Indoor hopscotch 
  48. Make paper 
  49. Playdoh animals 
  50. Passport Dinner Experience 

Did you remember to print your summer bucket list? Also don’t forget to visit often as we tackle our summer adventures together- everything is better with great friends.