Home-Made Play Dough!

Physical, creative PLAY is so important for a child’s development, and one form of engaging activity is playing with Play Dough. Squeezing and molding home-made Play Dough helps your child’s eye-hand coordination and manipulative skills  ~ AND stimulates a child’s imagination! As exemplified Koa and Kanani in “The Magical Journey from Hawai’i,”  there are so many Hawaiian Children’s Books characters for a child to create and become fully immersed in the process!

NB:  This home-made Play Dough recipe uses flour and food coloring, but is intended only for PLAY ~  definitely not for eating.  Please make it clear to your child that it’s fun for play, but “yucky” to eat!

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

½ cup water

¼ cup salt

Food coloring (6 – 8 drops):

Add coloring to water before mixing with other ingredients.

 

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients and knead until dough is smooth.
  2. Depending on humidity of the day you make the dough, add or subtract a teaspoon or 2 to get the desired consistency.
  3. If you are making for more than one child, or if you have a budding young Michaelangelo ~ double or treble the ingredients!
  4. Store in an air-tight container e.g. a washed out/recycled 32 oz yoghurt container.

 

Happy playing and we look forward to seeing your creations (@hawaiianchildrensbooks)! For more activities, check out “Color & Share.” 

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