Something has been happening around here when it comes to playdates. Olivia has her friends over and Violet just wants to play. They’re playing things like Barbies, or pirates or ‘jumping all over the couch’ and Hungry Hungry Hippos and Violet’s just not old enough to play. She wants to, but she isn’t invited all the time. When’s she’s not invited? That’s when the screams of frustration occur, not being able to communicate frustration, just wanting to play with the older kids’ toys frustration and simple I’m so irritated toddler frustration.
While the older kids are off playing their games, I’ve been trying to amuse her with new activities. It works half the time, until she remembers the other kids are in the next room playing their ‘big girl games’. Today we tried something fun, that Olivia also really, really enjoyed.
Birthday Cake Sensory Dough with Sprinkles
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups salt
5 tsp. cream of tarter
3 tbs. oil
3 cups water
1 tbs vanilla extract
Add all of the ingredients together in a large pot, over medium heat. Use a spatula to stir it constantly for a few minutes until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove to a cool surface, like a cutting board and knead the dough for one to two minutes.
Tip: Add colors to the dough to create fun layering properties for cookies and cakes.
Stored in a plastic container, this homemade play doh recipe can last between six and eight weeks. Easy to create and fun to play with, we added sprinkles and I offered cutters, rolling pins, spoons and cupcake liners with candles for the kids to create treats.