During our last Parent-Teacher conference, Henry's adviser reported that Henry was having problems with his pencil grip. I asked her what I can do to help my son. She advised that play dough can help strengthen his hand muscles and improve his pencil grip at the same time.
So, on the first day of Christmas break, we made our own play dough! Both Henry and I enjoyed this activity and the play dough was very easy to make. It only took us 15 minutes. And I must say, the texture of homemade play dough is better than store-bought ones.
What You'll Need
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tablespoon CREAM of Tartar (Not Tartar Sauce!)
- 1 tablespoon of canola oil
- 1 cup water
- Vials of Food color
In a saucepan, combine the first 4 ingredients. Then, add 1 cup of water. Mix Well. Over medium heat, cook for about 2-5 minutes. Stir the mixture constantly until it becomes solid.
After that, remove your mixture and and let it cool for a couple of minutes.
Now for the fun part. Get a handful of dough, add food color and start the kneading process. This is the part that Henry enjoyed a lot. Add food color as you need until you get the shade you like. You won't need that much though.
When you are finished, you can immediately play with your clay. Just put in a plastic container or Ziploc for storage.