Placemat or tray
Bowl and measuring cups
Safety scissors or plastic knife
1 cup flour
1/2 cup table salt
1/2 cup water
Objects with different textures
Zip-top plastic bag Optional: food coloring, powdered drink mixes, or flavored extracts
Choose a place that will be easy to clean up.
A tray or place-mat will help contain the messes.
Help your child measure the salt and flour into the measuring cup.
Then, pour into your bowl.
Help your child slowly pour the water into the flour mixture. Stir.
When the dough gets to stiff to stir, have your child use her hands to knead it to a consistency she likes.
When not in use, store dough for up to 1-month in the zip-top plastic bag.
Play with the dough together. Use the scissors or plastic knife to cut the dough. Press textured objects into the dough to make patterns.
For a more unique experience, add food safe coloring, flavors, or scents to the water.
Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:
Shows fear in some situations
Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
Explores alone but with parent close by
Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
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