No Bake Play-Doh

Play-Doh

Play-Doh

Play dough is a fun, clay – like substance that kids love! It is very easy to make, and provides hours of fun! It can be expensive to buy at stores, but it’s very easy and costs nothing to make it at home! The only materials you will need are:
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
food dye (any color, be creative!)
newspaper to cover the surface you’re working on

It only takes about 10 minutes to make

 

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Recommendations to Reach a Balance

  • Give kids ample, unscheduled time to be creative, to reflect, and to decompress
  • Encourage your children to engage in active play (running around or playing tag) in lieu of passive entertainment (video games or television)
  • Buy your children “true” toys, such as blocks or dolls, that encourage imagination and creativity
  • Spend unscheduled, unstructured time together with your kids
  • Ask your child regularly whether he feels overly tired, burned out, or overscheduled
  • Allow your children to have a say in which extracurricular activities they are involved in
  • Get involved in your child’s school and take an active role in ensuring that all kids are getting ample free time

    Children playing tag

    Children playing tag

Introduction

This blog is here to encourage parents to let their children play. According to Maria Montessori, “Play is the work of the child.” Be it social cooperation or gross and fine motor skills, play helps children grow. Inside you will find activities that I encourage your family to do together such as Incredible Edible Science activities, recipes for finger paint, and much more. So don’t be afraid to take time out of the day and play with your child. If you would like to know more about how play benefits your child, please feel free to explore the Want to Know More? section. 

Food for Thought

“The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.”  – Erik H. Erikson

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