Ready, Set, Play!

Kids learn through play and playing is so much fun. Here are some ideas to get your child playing and learning with you. Playdough- playdough comes in a variety of colors and it is soft. For a child who is a bit younger it is fun to just simply roll the playdough into a ball shape and play. Cookie cutters are a great way to make fun shapes and also learn about colors or animals. Making homemade playdough is a great activity that can help kids follow directions, measure, pour and get a bit messy. Here is a no fail recipe for play dough PLAY DOUGH Blocks are great for little hands to pick up and stack. This is a great activity for eye hand coordination, concentration and imitation. You can stack blocks and have your child imitate your actions. Blocks come with a variety of pictures and colors that can be used for labeling and identifying. Bubbles, who doesn’t like bubbles? Obviously blowing is the main goal here, but popping is just as important. Popping bubbles is good for when trying to work on the p sound and following instructions. Blowing also helps kids round their mouth which aids in the production of some letters of the alphabet. Books are crucial to learning. Picture books are a great way to introduce your child to a world of learning. The use of picture books allows you to keep it simple and fun. Touch and feel books are engaging as well as lift the flap books are great for holding the interest of the child. Balls are wonderful for turn taking, kicking, catching, throwing and working on the b sound. Puzzles can range from easy to challenging. If your child has never played with puzzles, start off with a 3 or 4 piece wooden puzzle with knobs. Tip: Get on the floor and play with your child! You are your child’s best teacher! Here is the Recipe: PLAY DOUGH INGREDIENTS: 3 cups flour Large Saucepan, 3 cups water Measuring spoons, 3 tablespoons cream of tartar Mixing spoon,  3 tablespoons oil Plastic container for storage, 1 cup salt and Food coloring DIRECTIONS:
  1. Mix the flour, salt and cream of tartar together in saucepan.
  2.  In a separate bowl, add several drops of food coloring into the 3 cups of water.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of oil to colored water.
  4. Add water and oil mixture to dry ingredients in saucepan. Mix well.
  5. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Playdough should look like mashed potatoes.
  6. Allow to cool, knead with hands.
  7. Playtime!
Store in an airtight container. Play dough should last a few months. This recipe is NOT edible!

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