I just stumbled across an old recipe I used to use to make Kool-Aid Playdough when I taught Kindergarten. It’s fun to make, smells great and is tons of fun to use when learning.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 cup warm water
- food coloring or 1 package of Kool Aid
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
Cook ingredients in a medium size saucepan over medium heat stirring constantly. When the mixture pulls away from the spoon and forms a ball, you’re done. Knead and let cool on waxed paper. When cool, store in tightly covered container.
I’m always on the look out for more fun (and even better, easy to make) letter recognition games. Just visit Tired, Need Sleep (don’t we all?) and print off her lowercase letter templates. Then cut out the pieces from foam and away you go! This also works on spatial reasoning, as it’s just like a puzzle and fine motor skills, as those pieces of foam are pretty small. Once your child is ready to move on to something harder, print, cut and paste more letter templates to spell out their name or sight words.
If you want to make this a fun car or airplane game, make the templates and foam magnetic with a bit of refrigerator magnet tape and use them on a cookie sheet.
I’ve posted about sight words in the past but check out another fun game to try from The Activity Mom. I love stuff like this that is simple, requires only a handful of supplies and is fun!!
Here’s yet another idea to work on those fine motor skills. Nikkala from The Crafting Chicks gives you a tutorial on how to make your very own lacing cards. You can buy these at teacher stores but they’re kind of expensive. Plus this has the added bonus of being able to create cards of characters and/or objects your kids love. So cute and pretty easy too! Start lacing away and you’ll have another fun activity that works on fine motor skills!