Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hands-on Toddler Activity #13: Edible Play Dough

Fun activity, yummy treat, what's not to love about this toddler activity. Plus it combines so many skills! There's measurement, motor skills, creative play, and counting, just to name a few. And the best part is, it's edible and delicious! I whipped up a batch the other day and explained to my 2 year old that we could use this special dough like PlayDough. We used cookie cutters to cut out numbers, letters, and shapes. It did not take him long to discover that this dough tasted great. He pretty much alternated cutting out a shape and licking his fingers and saying, "Oh Mommy, this is delicious."

Peanut Butter Play Dough
1 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
1/2-1 cup of powdered milk

Combine the peanut butter and the honey. It's not necessary, but you may heat it in the microwave for 10-20 seconds or so to make it easier to stir. Gradually add the powdered milk until desired consistency is achieved.

Here are a few activity suggestions:
-roll dough into balls or snakes
-squeeze and pat dough
-roll out dough and use cookie cutters to cut shapes
-roll out dough and draw numbers or letters with a toothpick
-create animals or people out of dough and use them to tell a story
-use cut shapes to practice counting
-create different shapes and sort them into categories
-cut out numbers with cookie cutters and put numbers in order
-play with different textures and tastes by adding raisins, rice crispies, or cheerios to the dough

Peanut Butter Play Dough

Use letter cookie cutters to practice the alphabet

Use cookie cutters of any shape 

Say a letter and have your child find it

Work on letter sounds or forming words

Such a great collection of cookie cutters!

Practice blending letter sounds together to create short words

Practice number recognition and order 

Practice counting  or remove one number and have your child identify what number is missing

Practice counting

Have fun squishing, rolling, patting, and tasting the dough

To see the entire list of hands-on toddler activities, click here

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