Today I wanted to take a few minutes to feature a brand new book called The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book. This e-book is written by Cathy James of NurtureStore and is packed with tons of fun, creative, practical ways to play with play dough. Cathy’s colorful photos of each play dough recipe and activity bring the book to life and make me want to try out all her ideas right now!
Not only is The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book filled with great ideas, it is also very well organized and easy to navigate.
Cathy starts out by addressing an important question: Why play dough? She explains the benefits of engaging children with play dough by using easy-to-understand terms that are also right in line with why we use play dough in pediatric therapy.
She then proceeds to feature seven basic dough recipes that provide the foundation for all the rest of the activities featured in her book (can’t wait to try her no-cook play dough recipe!)
Next she provides some helpful tricks for what to do if your play dough doesn’t turn out the way you like it (too crumbly, too sticky, etc.), plus a whole list of add-ins and props you can use to bring your play dough activities to life. Looking forward to trying bubble wrap and potato mashers with my two-year-old!
And finally, we have a year’s worth of play dough activities! Though Cathy features lots of beautiful pictures of completed play dough activities, I’m happy that she reminds readers to not worry so much about the outcome — encourage kids to engage their own problem solving and imagination in the process!
As an occupational therapist, here are a few play dough ideas I really like from this book:
- Lemon Wake-Up Dough: This is good for all kids but especially useful for those who are “low arousal” and need a little boost in order to pay attention.
- Tangrams: A fun, multisensory way to work on understanding spatial relations and develop visual perceptual skills, both of which are important for pre-math, pre-reading, and pre-writing skills.
- Scissor Play: Play dough is one of my favorite ways to introduce scissors, and Cathy shows off some cool ideas for how to do this! You can read my post about using play dough to introduce scissor skills by clicking here.
- Writing in and writing with play dough: Play dough is also one of my favorite multisensory materials for teaching little kids to practice pre-writing skills as they learn to form letters and shapes! Click here to find other ways to ways to engage your kids in multisensory writing practice.
- Christmas Candle Holders: Okay, so this one isn’t necessarily therapy-related (though it could be), but I have a suspicion we may be making some of these beautiful homemade creations as gifts a few months from now.
Interested in seeing more of the activities from The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book?
Visit https://nurturestore.co.uk/the-homemade-play-dough-recipe-book to learn more. Cathy features more photos and videos about her book, plus instructions on how to download and keep it for your very own!
In addition to her book, Cathy has also organized a collaborative Pinterest board all about play dough! Mama OT is one of the many contributors to this board, so be sure to check it out by clicking here.
I hope you’ll like this book as much as I did. In fact, I think I’m going to go pull out my toddler’s play dough bag and get started on some of these ideas with him right now!
*NurtureStore provided me a free promotional copy of this e-book in order to review it. All views are my own.
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