Changing Colors: The Blog of Spectrum Pediatrics

July 29, 2015

Trick of the Trade from Lauren Foster, OTD, OTR/L

Playdoh is a staple in many childhood preschools and homes, and there is a good reason why!  Playdoh is an excellent and creative way to address a variety of fine motor skills, such as strength and coordination. You can use the playdoh to practice making shapes and letters and work on literacy skills, as well.  For kids that benefit from extra proprioceptive (deep pressure) feedback, you can even “write” in playdoh using your fingers or a pencil.  There are as many “make your own” recipes as there are colors! Here’s two of my favorites:

Homemade Glitter Playdough (inedible)  (Source Credit)

  • 1 C Flour
  • 1 C Water
  • 1/4 C Salt
  • 1 TBSP Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • Food Coloring (or if you want it to smell yummy, kool-aid)
  • Glitter (the bigger flakes, the better)

Edible Playdough (Don’t use with peanut allergies)  (Source Credit)

  • one 18-oz. jar creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 cup non-fat dry milk

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