Figuring out a child's emotions, emotional needs and guiding them through these emotions is a
game I play everyday on multiple levels. Not only do I work with toddlers, but I also work with toddlers with special needs. Gifting them the magic of essential oils with sensory play is the perfect recipe to help with grounding and creating self regulations. Grounding is a technique used to bring focus on your body or your surroundings instead of being trapped in your thoughts, causing you to feel anxious or stressed. Being able to sit in one spot to squish, smash, press, pull and mold dough is a great release. This playtime will also open up a great opportunity to talk about what emotions they are feeling or whatever they feel like sharing at the time.
This is my favorite playdough recipe. It's so incredibly soft and a little stretchy, too. It doesn't harden or crumble like a salt dough. It has the perfect consistency and texture to squish between your fingers as you knead out those worries and frustrations.
Adding in a few drops of calming essential oil really ups the anti with this doughs zen factor. Doterra is my all time favorite and only essential oil I use. This is why I have used Doterra over the past 4 years and continue, get to know the Doterra difference here.
Essentially, this is the perfect recipe to sooth an overstimulated or overwhelmed toddler. Even the parental unit can get down on this activity after a long, stressful day. It's a great screen free activity to connect with your children while building fine motor skills, creativity and language. Our favorite time to bust this playdough out is after bath time, it's a great before bedtime activity. Just sniff, squeeze and om.
2 CUPS PLAIN FLOUR
2 CUPS WATER
1/2 CUP SALT
3 TBSP CREAM OF TARTAR
2.5 TBSP COCONUT OIL OR BABY OIL
2-3 DROPS LAVENDER DOTERRA ESSENTIAL OIL
2-3 DROPS SERENITY DOTERRA ESSENTIAL OIL
Directions: Combine all ingredients, except essential oils in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir continuously until dough forms into large ball. Remove from heat, allow the playdough to cool before handing. Knead in Essential Oils. Best kept in ziplock bag or air tight container.
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