Monday, April 2, 2012

Another Quick Calming Tip!

This is a great tip for sensory integration. Calming and entertaining, your child can squish their little fingers into warm lavender playdough that they helped make. Making playdough is so simple and fun for kids. They get to choose the color, mix the ingredients and help kneed it once it's cooled a little. With the addition of lavender essential oil, their warm little hands are left with a calming fragrance. My kids would play with this for long periods of time and it can be kept in the refrigerator in a plastic bag so it doesn't dry out.

Recipe for Stove Top Playdough:

1 cup white flour 
1/4 cup salt 
2 tablespoons cream of tartar 
1 cup water 
1 teaspoon food colouring 
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Mix flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a medium size pot. Add water, food colouring, and oil. Cook and stir over medium heat for 3 - 5 minutes. Mixture will look like a globby mess, and you'll be sure it is not turning out, but it will. When it forms a ball in the middle of the pot, turn out and knead on a slightly floured surface Add a few drops of the lavender essential oil. Store in an air tight container or plastic bag.

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