September 12, 2015
Playdough, It’s More Than Just Play!

We have heard that art is good for children. When this statement is said, the words creativity, expression, or imagination, are sure to follow. Often, reasons are given as to why art is so important. Phrases such as spatial awareness, adaption to environment, or develops fine motor skills are discussed. You’ve heard this, right? More than a couple times, right?

Parents are all for this stuff. We are desperate for our kids to develop those skills, as undefinable they sometimes may be. Suddenly art is so much more than a cute picture on Grandma and Grandpa’s fridge. We need art and we must do it RIGHT NOW!

Where to begin?

It’s so overwhelming. What type of art? What supplies do I need? Where do I find that? It costs how much?!
Lisa Phillips, author of “The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World”, published a blog titled “The Top 10 Skills Children Learn from the Arts” on www.blog.americansforthearts.org.
It’s worth a look. Art really does teach wonderful, powerful things. But it leads parents back to the starting gate…where to begin?

Playdough.

Magic stuff.

That list mentioned above? Those 10, all-important, must have skills that kids can learn from art? They can hone those soon to be talents with playdough. I own an arts and crafts studio for kids and in one corner, there is a playdough station. It is always open for use and there is always somebody there. There is creativity, concentration, perseverance, and collaboration happening all the time. (Those are a smattering of skills found in the Top 10 list.)
Playdough is an easy way to ease into the important world of art. And, you don’t even need to go out and buy it. The supplies are probably on hand in your kitchen. It’s cheap. It’s easy. The kids will love it. Go make some today!

  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup salt
  • 1 TBSP oil (any kind works)
  • ½ TBSP cream of tartar
  • Food coloring
  1. Put all the ingredients into pot. Stir together. Heat over medium, stirring often. When playdough thickens and pulls away from the side of the pot, remove from heat.
  2. Let cool.
  3. Play!
  4. Store in airtight container. Put in fridge for longest shelf life (2-3 months).