Bring back memories of moulding, sculpting, rolling, and building with colourful Playdoh by creating your own!
Using playdough with seniors can promote socialization, provide fine-motor skills in hands and fingers, and bring out stories and memories of the past!
Homemade Playdough Recipe
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup salt
1.5 teaspoon canola oil
1 pack kool-aid or 4-5 drops of food colouring
Combine water and food colouring in a pot and bring to boil.
While waiting for the water to boil, combine your dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
Remove water from heat and add the oil.
Slowly stir in the dry ingredients. Continue mixing until the playdough forms a ball.
When the playdough is cool enough, knead it until it is no longer sticky.
*If you find your playdough is too “floury” after kneading it, add a splash of water.
**If your playdough is too sticky add a couple of drops of oil.
***Store your playdough in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.
After making your playdough, there a variety of ways to use it!
Activate fine-motor functions by rolling, pressing, and squeezing a ball of dough in their hands, allowing them to work their hands and fingers in a therapeutic manner.
Using cookie cutters, create a number of beautiful and whimsical shapes and characters!
Create your own characters, shapes, and figures using your own creativity by rolling, moulding and sculpting 3-Dimensional shapes.
Using craft paper as a placemat or background, place flat, 2-Dimensional shapes or figures to create an image or scene of their choice.
Whatever you choose to do, it's sure to be fun!
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