Talking about feeling sometimes just isn’t enough. When young children feel angry, loud or upset they sometimes need help to work through their emotions and learn strategies to help them calm down. Play dough is amazing. It allows children to use their senses, focus their attention and develop finger muscle control. It promotes language skills as children talk about what they do. It has infinite ways it can be used, endlessly propelled by our children’s expansive imaginations. It engages children to such an extent that research shows it to calm their mind and body (Swartz 2005, Godhaber 1992). This sandalwood oil dough is so delightful to play with, you’ll find you get a piece out to squeeze after the kids are in bed.
What you need:
One cup Salt
Two cups of Flour
Three big tablespoons of Cream of Tarter
One third of a cup of oil
Four drops of Blue Colouring
Four drops of Red Food Colouring
Five drops of Sandalwood Oil
What to Do:
- Put all of the ingredients into a big pot.
- Count out each ingredient.
- Stir it up.
- Put the pot on the stove and cook the dough for a few minutes or until it becomes firm. This is a great time to talk about science concepts like how mixture changes when heated, how the oil moves differently in the bowl than the water and how the colours mix together to make new ones.
Ideas for Learning with Go-Slow Dough:
- Add candles and make birthday cakes: Singing repetitive songs like ‘Happy Birthday’ promotes imagination and language development
- Add animals, sticks and branches to promote imagination
- Roll it into worms
- Pretend you are baking
- Have a tea party
- Make a tower
- Add sticks and build structures
- Drive toy cars on it
- Make faces
- Make it in to things
- Make it into things that start with ‘Bb’ or ‘Tt’
- Make little people and tell stories with it
- Roll it out with a rolling pin and cut shapes
Next time your little one is feeling cross, make some Go-Slow Sandalwood Dough and squeeze it. It’s not only irresistible, but will also have an amazing impact on their body, mind and soul!
Swartz (2005) Playdough- what’s the standard? Young Children found at: https://www.naeyc.org/files/tyc/file/TYC_V3N3_Swartz.pdf
Goldhaber (1992) Sticky to Dry, Red to Purple, Exploring Transformation with Playdough, Young Children Pg 26-28