PlayDough Play For Kids – DIY PlayDough Recipes Inside

PlayDough Play For Kids – DIY PlayDough Recipes Inside

Oh how I love Play-Doh, actually any dough meant for play. Okay Play-Doh just happens to be one of my favorite brands and the one I grew up having all kinds of fun with. As an Early Childhood Teacher this is one of my go to staples that are a must when it comes to fun and learning. Kids love to create and manipulate PlayDough. Anytime, you whip out the PlayDough just know that your kids are going to have a valuable learning experience. Chances are they won’t even know they’re learning or building necessary developmental skills.

This type of play focuses on the strengthening of your child’s fine motor skills, which are building their small muscles in their hands and fingers. Your children can also work on using their imagination, language skills, social skills and even math skills. There are so many positive benefits of play with PlayDough. The possibilities are endless.

You may also want to add a few props to your child’s play which will extend the learning experience. Look around your house for these added bonuses, no need to go on a shopping run. You can give them old games pieces, craft sticks (Popsicle sticks), plastic utensils, blocks, toys and more. Make sure you open your mind up, use your imagination and jump in on the play with your child.

Now, for the parents who aren’t so keen on the commercial dough brands, well then you can surely make your own at home. There’s even a gluten-free PlayDough recipe I’ve stumbled upon. Check out the recipes I’ve found across the Internet below.  My replay video of me actually showing you how to make the gluten-free play dough will be coming soon to the blog.

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~Monica J~

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I review products on my own and turn into a big kid with my teacher hat on.

 

Play-Doh Receipes From Across the Internet

    1.  FamilyEducation.com  

Colored Playdough
Materials
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
Food coloring
Saucepan
1 cup flour
Directions
Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
Remove from heat and add flour.
Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don’t have it on hand.
Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.

 2.  PBS.org

No Bake Play-Doh

large mixing bowl
1 cup water
4 cups flour
2 to 4 tablespoons of cooking oil (we used Canola)
1 1/2 cups of salt
food coloring (we used red and blue to make purple)
glitter

Pour water into a large mixing bowl.

Next add food coloring. We added generous amounts of red and blue food coloring to make purple, which seemed like a galactic color! Once you add the food coloring to the water, stir well.

Add the dry ingredients ( flour and salt) to the mix. You can stir a little at this point to begin blending the ingredients.

Next add 2 to 4 tablespoons of oil. You can add more oil later if the mix seems to dry. Oil is the secret to keeping this “no cooking required” recipe soft! If you don’t add enough oil, the mix will be very crumbly.

This next step is a big hit with kids! Add generous amounts of glitter to your mix and begin mixing everything together.

Knead the ingredients together until a soft dough is formed.

To store, simply roll the dough into small balls and keep in plastic bags or a plastic container!

 

    3.  LivingWellMom.com

Gluten-Free PlayDough

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup corn starch
3/4 cup water
food coloring

Video for mixing directions coming soon 

Have A Ton Of PlayDough Fun!!!

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Routines And Schedules For Kids – Easy Schedules To Create At Home

Routines And Schedules For Kids – Easy Schedules To Create At Home

After a long conversation with one of my student’s parents about creating routines and simple schedules at home, I wanted to share some of the ideas I use in the classroom with all of you.  Over the years I’ve seen how important routines are in the lives of young children.  As a teacher, we use simple schedules in a variety of ways to assist children in understanding routine and knowing what to expect.  Routines and simple schedules go a long way in the life of a child.  Young children, between the ages of 3-7 don’t live their lives according to time.  They aren’t checking their watch or their smart phone for the time every minute or every hour.  At young ages they don’t have a concept of time, so how can we help them understand what’s going to happen throughout their day?  We can start with creating routines at home.  The easiest way for them to get used to their routines is to implement simple schedules.  I use schedules everyday, especially the ones that allow the children to manipulate them.  Allowing children to be involved in creating and using these schedules assist in their understaning and growth.  The more involved they are, the more they will be engaged and excited to use it.  In return, this will make their days at home run a little smoother.

I’ve created a variety of schedules in the classroom over the years, because there are so many beneficial ways to create them.  You have to find and use what works best for you and your child.  Everyone’s schedule is different, so what works for me may not work for you.  You may be a parent just looking to assist your child with a bedtime routine or a parent homeschooling or maybe you’re a teacher looking to assist your students with their daily classroom activities.  Well, I have good news.  Creating simple schedules can work for your family and all you have to do is adapt it to the needs of the children in your lives.  Now let’s get started. Watch Below!

I’ve created a list of links to some amazing FREE printable schedules that you can print and customize for your use.  These schedule samples will also give you ideas on exactly what you want to add into your child’s schedule.  Have fun while creating your child’s schedule and allow them to get involved int he creation process.  This will help them own this schedule as their own.  Have fun and let me know how your schedules work out for you at home or in the classroom.

Teacher Tip:  When implementing simple schedules for children, remember to always be consistent. Consistency is key.

Free Printable Schedules

*These are free printables found on Pinterest
  1. Free Printable Daily Routine Chart for Kids-https://docs.google.com/document/d/1I0oKU9mII49ZGbJ4iuNIYz3WfOOwDo1Lk3mz47NZTDk/mobilebasic?pref=2&pli=1
  2. From Kid To Kid Blog – http://kidtokid.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Our-Routine.jpg
  3. From girl In The Garage Blog – http://m.girlinthegarage.net/ru913sm/articles/55748/Kids-Morning-Bedtime-and-Ready-for-School-Free-Printables
  4. This is one of my favorites from My Name Is Snickerdoodle Blog – http://www.mynameissnickerdoodle.com/2012/09/chore-chart-tutorial.html?m=1
  5. From Raining Hot Coupons Blog – http://www.raininghotcoupons.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/morning-purple.pdf
  6. From Raining Hot Coupons Blog – http://www.raininghotcoupons.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Bedtime-blue.pdf

For more kid’s products, games, crafts and toys jump on over to my Fun Store on Amazon. Visit here, So Family Fun Store. Join the family!

~Monica J~

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own. I always review products on my own and turn into a big kid with my teacher hat on.

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Top 25 Holiday Gifts for Children

Top 25 Holiday Gifts for Children

The Holiday season is here and I’m so excited to share my Top 25 Gifts for children ages 3-7. If you know me, then you know my main concerns when it comes to children’s products are quality, fun and unlimited learning. So, here are the toys, games, books, tech and just all around great products that I’ve been using this year with my students or checking out. Happy Holidays and happy playing and learning this season.

Check out my Holiday guide below. It was specifically designed with your kids in mind!

~Monica J~

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own. My mission is to empower children to become their best selves in school and in life.

 

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Family-Friendly Music, Theater, Dance & More – Just Kidding Series – NYC

Family-Friendly Music, Theater, Dance & More – Just Kidding Series – NYC

Do you wake up on the weekend and wonder what am I going to do with my kids? Are you sitting at home trying to plan culturally rich and diverse experiences for your family? Do you live in the New York City area or planning a visit in the next few months? If you answered, yes, to any of those questions then I have the perfect solution. Get ready to enjoy the family-friendly season of Just Kidding at Symphony Space in NYC. It’s a season of family-friendly music, theatre, dance and so much more. Their shows are infused with cultural riches and inspiring experiences that will positively impact your children.

I personally experienced one of these shows a few weeks ago. I had the privilege of attending the Lightwire show, which was an amazing light show version of The Ugly Duckling story. It not only kept the children engaged and sitting on the edge of their seat, but it had me amazed. The fact that they were able to put on a glow in the dark light show with creatively created light characters was pure amazement. I suggest every family with children ages 4-8 check out the show whenever it comes back. 

There are always benefits for your children when they are introduced to new experiences. Live shows, specifically, introduce children to new vocabulary, understanding and reading character’s emotions, patience, plots and the confidence to imagine. You’ll know if your children are empowered by their experience when you listen to their conversation and watch their play. Believe me when I say, there’s nothing like a love show experience and Symphony Space is making that possibly for families. Their Just Kidding family season is now through May 2017. For their full calendar visit SymphonySpace.org. 

~Monica J~

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own. My mission is to empower children to become their best selves in school and in life.

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Speech For Preschoolers – Childhood Chats with a Speech Therapist

Speech For Preschoolers – Childhood Chats with a Speech Therapist

Have you ever wondered if your child’s speech is delayed? Are you eager to help your young child improve their speech and language?

I was so happy to sit down with a Speech Therapist, whom I’ve worked with for over a year, to pick her brain about preschoolers and speech and language skills. She gives us 5 tips that parents can put into action right now.

This is the first of So Family’s Childhood Chats series. I’ll be sitting down with more experts int he field of Early Childhood Development. So be on the look out for more value packed vides that will empower you to guide your child to becoming their best self. Watch the full video now. Do you have any additional questions you’d like answered?

~Monica J~

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own. My mission is to empower children to become their best selves in school and in life.

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