Dehydrated Flower play dough
Liela & Chloé can play with play dough for hours. They love to form the dough into shapes and pretend they have baked a 'gâteau au chocolat', serving it plated accompanied by a cup of tea.
There are so many benefits other than being fun that make us love play dough even more:
- It boosts fine motor development, making it fun for investigation and exploration as well as secretly building up strength in all the tiny hand muscles and tendons, making kids ready for pencil and scissor control later on.
- Imagination and creativity, making the dough into cookies or different animal figurines.
- Calming and soothing, little children can struggle to express their emotions and using dough while talking and singing can really help that process.
- Maths and Literacy development, in more focused play, the dough can be used to form the different letters of the alphabet, spell out their own name, make numbers, match and sort by colour and much more.
Here is a Home made play dough recipe that we love:
- Large bowl
- Letal spoon
- rolling pin
- cookie cutters
- 2 C plain flour
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 C salt
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1,5 C boiling water
- Mix the flour, salt, lemon juice and oil in a large mixing bowl
- Slowly add the boiling water to this mixture
- stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
- Allow it to cool then knead vigorously until the right consistency is acheived
- Add dehydrated flowers, a drop of essential oils, spices or dried herbs to add texture and scent
We love to add mixed dehydrated flowers-visually stimulating with texture and a beautiful natural scent.
If stored correctly, this dough can last up to 6 months