Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Homemade Playdoh

Wow, I have been posting lately about how we help our daughter to calm down and regulate her emotions in the event of over stimulation/meltdown. So far I’ve posted about emotion plates and sensory jars. This post is about another great product that you can make or buy to help your child calm down-playdoh!

My daughter loves playing with playdoh, especially when she is having a meltdown. There is nothing like using your hands to smash down some goop between your fingers while you are mad at the world. You’ve probably seen lawyers, executives, or others in high stress jobs smash a ball while they are in their office. They are using that ball as a tool to relax. Therapists prescribe squeegee balls to help anxious or stressed patients to calm down. We (parents) can use that same technique for our children when they are having a tough time regulating their selves.

Homemade Playdoh Recipe

1 cup of flour
2 tsp of cream of tartar 
1 tbsp of oil
½ cup of salt
1 cup of water
Couple of drops of food coloring
2 or 3 drops of Lavender essential oil (optional, but I highly recommend it)

Cook in pan over medium heat until the playdoh falls from the sides. Put on counter and knead a couple of minutes.

This is a super easy playdoh recipe that I got from my mother in law. It takes about 10 minutes to make and will be a life saver to you when your child is in hypervigilent mode and needs to regulate. I recommend adding some essential oils like lavender or lemon grass-or any oil that is known to help relax or a scent that your child likes. Aromatherapy can be a magic pill that helps anxious children to relax.

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