Lately I've really been thinking of how pleasant sensory experiences really make a person feel better... everything from chicken soup to a clean cozy house, to an herby epsom salt bath to the little lavender sachet pillow that Rowan carries around... There was always that voice in the back of my head that said those things don't matter, but they DO! They really do, and they lead to a calm and more peaceful life. Peace of mind.
When I look at my kids and I look back on my own childhood, I see how sensory experiences made the most impression on me. Especially if it had to do with food. And nature plays a big part as well. The smell of the apple orchard in fall, a strawberry scented doll... kids love that stuff. And grown-ups do too!
Rowan mostly has been teaching me this, because he is such a sensory oriented boy. He loves to smell things, and he loves soft things... he has replaced his lavender sachet with 2 different balls of playdough ~ these he now takes everywhere with him! Rowan and Fynn spend a lot of time pulling out their collections of playdough "cookies" and saying, "Here, smell this one. Now smell this one..."
It was so simple and took about 5 minutes to make and turned out wonderful! So I use that recipe for the basis of everything I make. Pictured above is the first batch I made with that recipe. I used tempera paint to color them. 3 batches; red, yellow and blue. I was so excited! And so were the kids!
I'm sure there will be more posts on playdough in the future. It's now past my bedtime, but I'll leave you with my basic playdough recipe.
1 C. flour
1/4 C. salt
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 C. tempera paint
1/2 C. boiling water (or use 3/4 C. water if not using paint)
few drops of essential oils or flavoring (optional)
flour for dusting
Mix dry ingredients thoroughly. Add boiling water, tempera, oil, and mix well. Add essential oils, and add more flour 1/8 of a cup at a time and knead together till playdough no longer sticks to your fingers. Store in an airtight container till ready to use. Have fun!