Thursday, March 21, 2013

Scented Play Dough Recipes with Visuals

Hi Everyone!  I have to apologize for being a bit absent lately.  I have been absurdly busy since the middle of February.  I'm hitting a little break in the craziness, but things are going to pick up again come April.  Until then, I'm going to try to get in a few posts for you.

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you may remember that my current school district does not allow teachers/therapists to use food products (other than those that come from the cafeteria).  Well, I was going through some of my files recently and found some recipes for scented play dough that I used a few years back (in another school district) and I thought I'd share them with you!

Because I used this activity as a whole-class language lesson in a preschool classroom, I used visuals in the recipe:




The recipe above is the large quantity version.  There is also a smaller quantity version to be used with one or just a few students.  I used the smaller quantity recipe with my son after work today:




I only had one packet of red Kool-Aid (watermelon), so our play dough turned pink rather than red.  He didn't mind though!  I think we played with the dough for about an hour and a half!  We made snowmen, pancakes, birthday cakes, hot dogs, snakes, Easter eggs, and an Easter basket!


I really do miss being able to use recipes (play dough and food) in my therapy sessions.  They really are a great way to target so many different language objectives.  With this recipe, you can target:

  • Vocabulary (ingredients, recipe, flour, measuring cup, squishy, scented, etc.)
  • Sequencing (First, next, then)
  • Verb tense (I am pouring the water, I poured the salt)
  • Following directions ("find the salt and pour it in this cup," "make a play dough snowman")
  • Executive functioning/pragmatic language (use with a group of students. Have them make a plan, give each other instructions)
  • Expressive language (have students describe the procedure after you are finished; students describe what they make)
  • And so many more!
If you'd like a copy of the recipes, you can find them HERE.  Do you use recipes in your therapy session? If so, what's your favorite thing to make?



3 comments :

  1. This is cool! I have never seen the addition of kool aid before! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. You're welcome! I love adding the Kool-Aid because it not only gives the dough color, but scent as well!

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  2. I was looking for an activity to do with our social language group, and this could be perfect! Thanks for sharing. (might have to try it with my kids at home too!)

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