Sculpting with Kids: Homemade play dough

Play dough is a very exciting and useful exercise for children of all ages. Playing with dough helps to strengthen your child’s hand muscles, develops fine motor skills, imagination, concentration, expands knowledge about the world, form and color. When the kids sculpt, their fingers are moving constantly and developing fine motor skills.

The development of fine motor skills is very important for children. This is closely connected with the development of speech. The human brain centers responsible for speech and movement of the fingers are very close to each other. While sculpting the appropriate parts of brain are activated and they stimulate the nearest areas responsible for speech.

Squeezing and rolling play dough is fun for kids and adults. This helps to relax, focus attention, and relieve stress.

Sculpting and modeling improves the development of hand movements. There are many kinds of dough material, such as modeling clay, paper clay, clay dough, to mold and shape, which are easy to work with, and can be used over and over again. Before choosing modeling materials you need to decide and choose the modeling clay which is the safe for small kids. Clay should not contain toxic and harmful substances.

Homemade clay dough is an excellent replacement for industrial clay. Infants and young children tend to put everything in their mouths. With homemade clay dough moms do not need to worry about if a child swallows a small piece or lick the fingers. The clay is very easy to prepare, and it is certainly harmless, natural, and clean. You can make colored dough; if you add food coloring. All modeled objects can be also painted when dry. It takes about 2 days for a modeled object to dry at room temperature. The rest of unused dough can be stored in the freezer for 3 months.

Colored modeling clay dough

Homemade Modeling Clay Dough Recipe:

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 cup water

2 tablespoons of corn starch or potato starch

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Add food coloring if desired.

  

Works by Anastasia Zhukova, made from homemade clay dough, colored with watercolor

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