Play dough with kids can be a sensory experience. Or, it can be a VERY sensory experience.
Who could have thought that a simple play dough could provide a whole-body heavy work workout?
Marshmallow Sensory Dough Recipe
HINT: Using smaller pieces of the dough is perfect for muscle work with kids.
. Add confectioners sugar by the cup, mixing for 4-5 minutes until smooth and fluffy.
Proprioceptive input with sensory play dough
Kneading with Feet: Proprioceptive input to the lower body
Sometimes, you see a child who is kicking constantly in their seat, moving those little legs, bumping into others, fidgeting at school or home, and just needing more awareness of their body in order to calm and focus on a task. A proprioceptive task can help with this.
. Saturate a kitchen dishtowel with hot water. Squeeze the excess water from the dishtowel. Fold the towel around the plastic bag. Layer another (dry) dishtowel over the wet towel. Place the towel/dough package on the kitchen floor. Now, use those feet to stomp, jump, and knead the dough!
Marshmallow Sensory Dough
. Show your child how to pull of lumps of dough and roll them into balls. Use a rolling pin to roll out thin layers for an upper extremity strengthening and proprioception work out. While the dough was easier to manage, it still packed a tough and resistive punch! We found that working with small amounts of dough at a time made rolling for my four year old easier.
to press the marshmallow fondant sensory dough into candied letters. Pressing the cookie cutters through the tough fondant really puts a proprioceptive punch on the small joints of the hands. This activity would be perfect as a fine motor handwriting activity by warming up and waking up the muscles of the hand and getting them ready for written work.
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