My son is very tactile defensive. This means that he is reluctant to touch anything with a different texture. I find that if we make Play Dough together it makes a positive experience for him and is fun!
I find that making Play Dough with him also prepares him mentally for the activity at the end. Instead of just grabbing his hand and making him touch something that is soft and gooey, he is actually involved in making the Play Dough and is aware that it is safe, it will not hurt him and it was a fun, interactive experience for him.
Once the Play Dough is made, we tend to play games with it. I get him to hit it until its flat, use other utensils to squash it, sing wheels on the bus and get him to roll it around on the table, we make letters and he has to guess the letter etc. There is heaps of fun ways that you can interact with Play Dough and make it a positive experience.
Homemade Play Dough
What do you need?
- 1 Cup of Salt
- 2 Cups of Plain Flour
- 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
- 1 Teaspoon of Food Coloring
- 1 Cup of Cold Water
- In a mixing bowl, combine plain flour and salt together
- Add cold water, food coloring and vegetable oil
- Mix all together until ingredients are combined well
- Knead well
- If too wet, add some plain flour
- Have Fun!
Please note: You can divide the mixture before adding the food coloring to allow you to make different colored Play Dough. If your child can only tolerate Play Dough for a small amount of time make it a fun time and do it regularly so the time increases each time.
To store Play Dough I just roll into a ball and place in a zip lock bag.