To create this Valentine’s sensory station, I used two types of playdough and some other items to encourage imaginative play. I was happy with how long this activity held the attention of my kids and with the creative ideas they came up with.
I lay out pipe cleaners, gold foil candy cups, heart cupcake liners, various heart shaped cookie cutters, a heart treat mold, and lollipop sticks with the play dough. The recipes for the play dough is below. I used red glitter in the dark pink playdough to make it look like strawberry because strawberries and chocolate are something I think of when I think about Valentine’s Day.
I was so surprised at what the kids created! They are much more creative than I am. They made cake pops, heart shaped lollipops, bon bons, little creatures, desserts, and cookies. Einstein even made a cookie that looked like someone had taken a bite out of it!
Here are the recipes for the play dough. Both recipes can also be found in my Sensory Bins ebook.
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1/2 cup cocoa
2 Tbsp. cream of tartar
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cups water
Add all ingredients to a saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until it forms a ball and your arms are ready to fall off! Scoop it onto wax paper and allow it to cool. When cool enough, knead it and it is ready to play with. This dough keeps soft for months if stored in an airtight container or resealable bag.
(regular playdough with glitter and light red colouring)
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
red food coloring or food paste
Put all the ingredients except essential oil into a pot and stir. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it forms a ball. As soon as it goes into a ball, take it off the heat and dump it onto the counter on wax paper. When it is cool enough, add essential oil and/or glitter or sprinkles and knead it until it is nice and soft. Store in an airtight container or resealable bag.
If you are looking for other playdough activities and recipes, you may want to follow my Playing with Playdough Board on Pinterest.