"Color is a power which directly influences the soul."
- Wassily Kandinsky
- "You make life colorful!" printable
- white cardstock
- Play Dough (homemade or store bought)
- Ziploc snack baggies
- clear packing tape
Play Dough is known as doh-doh in my house. Both of my girls were introduced to the stuff around age 2. My girls are 6 and 12 now and I still keep two large bins of dough and accessories around because they love to roll, knead, and sculpt. Play Dough is the great common denominator. For little ones it is a wonderful material for sensory and imaginative play and it is great for developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. For older kids it allows them to slow down and just focus on what is right in front of them. There is something very calming and therapeutic about rolling, pounding, and chopping dough.
I love this valentine idea because it's fun for ages 2-102, it is colorful and tactile, it does not involve sugar, AND it can extend far beyond the day of hearts. Don't you think these would make really lovely party favors?! Me too!
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This is how I feel about Play Dough. Store bought or homemade, it's all good.
Homemade Play Dough recipe:
2 cups flour
3/4 cup salt
4 teaspoons cream of tarter
2 cups lukewarm water
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (coconut oil works too)
Plastic gloves and/or sandwich baggies for color mixing