Play Dough of any kind is a wonderful thing.Not only is it fun, it's great for development. Play Dough is also a great activity to involve children of different ages. Children from toddler's up to about age 10, and sometimes older, love to manipulate the dough and create anything from snakes to intricate castles. By playing with play dough, they learn about textile manipulation and creativity. Young children can also learn about shapes as they use shape cookie cutters or you help them mold the dough into various shapes. With older children they can take turns being the artist and have guessing games to see what others are making.
You can use Playdoh, real dough (but be careful your kids don't eat it, they'll have tummy aches), or if you'd like to make your own fun play dough, there are many recipes out there that are great. Here's one to try:
Peanut Butter Play Dough
4 lbs. Peanut Butter
3 lbs. Powdered Sugar
3 1/2 C. Karo Syrup
2 Tbl. Vanilla Extract
Combine all ingredients in no particular order in a large bowl. Stir until completely mixed. (This will take some muscle work--hang in there!) This play dough should be stored in the refrigerator, and should not be used after about three days.
*(and, yes, it's edible)