Playing with play dough can be a great sensory activity for children who have experienced grief and loss as it can give them a sense of control in their own world as they create something uniquely their own.
I have used this many times with children who are unwell. Adding a rolling pin (a cardboard roll will do), some plastic utensils and cutters, a mat (paper or laminated) and some plastic toys can help with the creative process.
This is a snowman was created by Alyssa.
Play Dough Recipe
2 cups Plain Flour
2 cups boiling water
1 cup salt
2 tbsps. cream of tartar
2 tbsps. Cooking oil
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Add the oil and water.
Mix together to form a dough
Halve the mix.
Add food colouring to each halve
When cool, store in an airtight container.
Links to Early Years Framework – Learning Outcomes for Children Birth to 5 Years
Outcome 4 – Children are confident and involved learners
Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
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