Four-year-old Lily has really been enjoying exploring textures and patterns with play dough recently! Simple tools like forks and knives make really neat designs, and she loves that she can make a design, squish it, and start all over with a brand new idea!
This week we made cinnamon play dough, which added a lovely scent as well, perfect for ushering in the holiday season! We doubled this recipe (adapted from my favorite play dough recipe).
Cinnamon Playdough Recipe
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1 tsp cream of tartar
cinnamon (more cinnamon = stronger scent and darker color)
1 cup water
Mix the dry ingredients together, then add in the wet ingredients, whisking until smooth. Having the batter smooth is the key to a nice texture with the finished play dough. Then, cook over medium heat until the play dough is nearly set. Remove the play dough from the heat and knead until cool. Store in a ziploc bag or airtight container.
Lily enjoys using stamps and cookie cutters to make designs in the play dough, and I find that it’s a great way to keep my busy preschooler actively engaged for an hour or so while the baby naps. It’s also a great way for her to explore textures and shapes! She threw in some storytelling, as well, narrating plots for the characters and shapes she stamped into the dough! I love hearing my children’s imaginations at work!
Using cookie cutters to cut shapes out is fun, too – especially when your play dough smells like cinnamon!
What play dough or quiet sensory activities do your kids enjoy? Does your preschooler have a favorite activity that you can recommend for us to try? We combine play dough with all sorts of things: beads, small stones, small plastic toys, googly eyes, even paper and kleenex!