Did you know I made play dough everyday for four years???
I worked at a private school that was big into learning through play and discovery. We set out play dough every single day and had to get quiet creative. No need to ever buy play dough or play dough toys. You will have everything you need at home.
So.....I know my play dough folks and this is the easiest recipe and best textured play dough I have come across.
Kool-Aid Play dough:
MIX TOGETHER IN A LARGE BOWL:
1 1/2 cups of floor
1/4 cup salt
2 packages of kool-aid
1 cup of boiling water
1 1/2 Tbs of oil
MIX IT ALL TOGETHER UNTIL IT DOESN'T STICK ANYMORE.
(I usually have to add some extra flour here and there)
You don't really need a lot of "stuff" when you play with play dough. The best stuff is around the house....scissors, forks and knives, measuring cups, pie tins, rolling pin, etc.
You of course want to encourage your child to play with the play dough and not sample it
We choose to use grape kool-aid and it smelled way better than it tasted......
It usually lasts for weeks
Play dough everyday gets boring so we had to make it fun at work. A few things I remember adding to the experience was:
handfuls of beads in the play dough for the kids to try and dig out and then decorate with
Add no color to the play dough and then set out washable markers to color on the play dough
Scissors to cut up the play dough
toothpicks to make shapes and structures
set out plates and silverware and make food
Don't color your play dough and set out watercolors and paint brushes
Don't color your play dough, stick it in a zip lock bag and have your kids add food coloring and mix it up.
Or just provide silly things for the kids to make monsters with.
Here is Ella's monster
Or you could just do this!!!
Which it what an 18 month old will most likely enjoy the most.