Something that always stuck with me, and I now realize was for development, was fun tubs in preschool. My out-of-this-world teacher, Mrs. Hunter, would fill little tubs with anything from leaves, to shaving cream, and all different items in between. Now that I’ve got an education degree, and I’m a mommy, I understand that they’re actually pivotal in development. Sensory play helps little experience textures, develop their hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and it’s JUST FUN!
I’d be lying if I said I don’t 100% plan adventures and activities with Athena as much for me as for her. So, to start, we made some homemade play dough. Super easy and edible, just in case little decides to stick some in her mouth…like everything else.
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/4 salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Food coloring (optional)
- Essential oils of choice- I’ve used lavender, wild orange, geranium, and lime.
- I only use 1-2 drops depending on the amount of play dough I am mixing. This is totally personal preference.
Combine all ingredients with a bowl and mix until combined. I matched my food colorings with the essential oils I used; lavender/purple, wild orange/orange, geranium/pink, lime/green.
Store in a zip-lock bag or air tight container.