I’m a planner, list-maker, and organizer to the core. I like to do structured sensory play activities as much as – probably more than – the next person. But, after trying a few different activities with my one-year-old daughter, I realized something. No matter what sparkly, fuzzy, or otherwise interesting materials we used, every activity was going the same direction – into her mouth. They just don’t show that happening on Pinterest! I’m looking at you, hair gel/glitter/button sensory bag!
We’ve all heard that kids are explorers by nature, and that babies learn by putting things in their mouths, but it still can get tiring trying to make sure they aren’t chewing on something dangerous when you try to get creative with playtime.
These days, I’m only interested in sensory activities that are quick to prepare, don’t require buying many special items or ingredients, and are pretty basic to actually do. So, when a friend of mine suggested making a simple edible play dough with our babies, I hoped it would be a perfect activity to embrace their natural curiosity.
- Dry nonfat milk powder
- Creamy peanut butter
- Mix one cup of dry nonfat milk powder, one cup of creamy peanut butter, and one tablespoon of honey together in a bowl. Mixture should be moldable but not too sticky.
My little one is too young to measure out ingredients, but she sure had fun banging the measuring cups on the table and watching us mix up the recipe! Once we gave the babies some play dough, it took mere seconds for them to figure out that they could eat it. I tried shaping some into a little person and walking it over to my daughter… she ate it. We rolled some out and cut shapes from the dough… they ate them. I can’t blame her, it was pretty tasty! At least this time I didn’t have to worry about what she was putting in her mouth.
I know I’ll try this again when she’s a little older, since it’s so quick and easy to mix up. If your children are young like mine, it’s an easy way to introduce them to clay and work with, instead of against, that put-stuff-in-mouth tendency. I hope you’ll give it a try!