Delicious Sensory Peanut Butter Play Dough

When working with kids who have food aversions, I work on having fun with food items. To make this delicious peanut butter play dough, I put the ingredients in a bowl and let the kids mix it all together. If you have a concern about peanut allergies, you can use sun butter instead of the peanut butter. We used peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, and powdered sugar. I did not measure the ingredients out, and just added more powdered sugar if {Read More}

Therapy Product History Lesson

Before WWII in the U.S., most people used coal to heat their homes.  Coal heating resulted in dirty walls.  Noah McVicker, who worked at a soap manufacturer named Kutol Products, produced a moldable cleaning product that people used to press against their walls to remove coal dust and coal smoke residue from their wallpaper.  After the war, more people started using more natural gas to heat their homes and the sales of wallpaper cleaning putty decreased substantially.  McVicker’s nephew, Joe {Read More}

Cloud Dough

I have seen cloud dough posted about on the internet, so I decided to give it a try and see what it was like. It is a mix of flour and oil. The amount of oil is small enough that the dough does not feel wet, but it is enough that the dough can be molded into shapes. I played with this dough with a young boy who has autism, and he enjoyed sifting and squishing it for a very {Read More}

Home Made Play Doh

Play doh is such a great tool to use to work on fine motor skills, so I decided to make some from scratch. Since the best recipe involves cooking, I anticipated it being difficult, but it was surprisingly easy. I made three small batches of 3 different colors. The recipe is: 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup salt 1/2 tbs oil 1tsp cream of tartar (I did not use this, and it turned out great) food coloring I {Read More}