By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
As the weather starts to get cooler and we find ourselves spending more time inside, I am always looking for more activities to keep my daughter busy! This past weekend we decided to make some “pumpkin play-doh”. I love activities like this because we get to touch on a variety of skills and the end product is some awesome smelling play-doh that we can have fun with!
Here is the recipe we used:
3-4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 tsp. cinnamon spice blend/pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 cups boiling water
8-10 drops red food coloring
5-7 drops yellow food coloring
Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree together.
Add boiling water slowly and mix with a spoon until everything is combined.
After mixture has cooled, take it out of the bowl and knead on the counter. Add flour as you knead it to make it less-sticky. (I added quite a bit of additional flour to make it a nice consistency. Just use your best judgment!).
We let our play-doh cool and settle over night and then had some fun with it the next day! We decided to use construction paper to cut out shapes to make play-doh jack-o-lanterns. My daughter also made a giant “pumpkin cake”, which she then served to all of the stuffed animals in the house!
Here are some ways to incorporate speech/language skills into this fun activity.
· Talk about all of the terms related to following the recipe and explain what they mean, in child-friendly terms:
o Measure, pour, scoop, measuring cup, stir, knead, ingredients etc..
· Have your child help you measure out the ingredients and have them help you find the correct numbers on the measuring cup
· Once the play-doh is made, incorporate some pretend play into the play-doh. You can make jack-o-lanterns like we did or have your child come up with his/her own creations! You could set up a bakery and form the play-doh into some yummy baked treats or use the play-doh to form leaves. Whatever you decide to do, talk through it with your child. Help your child explain his/her ideas and encourage creativity!
· If your child is targeting certain speech sounds, hide small objects that start with their sound in the play-doh and have them practice the sound when they find the item.
I hope you and your child enjoy this fun fall activity!
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