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This simple play dough activity was inspired by the book Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. It is a dictionary of sorts. Each page defines words of good virtue, such as Cooperate, Patient and Polite and relates it to a story of baking cookies. It is also beautifully illustrated by Jane Dyer, with cute little children and clever personified animals.
Sugar Cookie Play Dough
To enhance this book I came up with an activity that I was sure Caden would like! Play dough! I made some special vanilla scented sugar cookie play dough. This play dough smells so delicious I was afraid Caden might want to eat it! When this idea came to me I thought for sure someone else had already created sugar cookie play dough. A quick google search led me to Tammy’s Recipes and her wonderful play dough recipe. Tammy’s recipe was so easy, and the simple addition of 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract is just what you need to make this play dough special.
Caden really enjoyed this simple play dough activity. I got out a real cookie sheet, rolling-pin and a variety of cookie cutters. I later added beads as pretend sprinkles to our cookies. I showed Caden how to roll out the dough. This was probably his favorite part. He said “roll it” over and over again as his did it. Caden even sang “Patty Cake” along with me, ” Roll it, Pat it.”
I also took this opportunity to talk with Caden about shapes. I haven’t focused too much on shapes with Caden in the past, so I was very surprised that he caught right on and was able to name the star shape.
To say that Caden enjoyed this activity is an understatement. We have played with play dough every day since and I now have a permanent play dough station set up on the kitchen table.
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