Peanut Butter PlayDough
This week at school the letter of the week was "Q." Now of course, we could honor the letter Q with a homemade quiche or by sampling a succulent quince; however, the occupational therapist I often co-treat with had an exciting idea that involved actually making the letter Q. She suggested we prepare no-cook edible dough that the children could shape into a "Q."
Here are the 3 ingredients we used for our lesson this week:
- 2 cups of creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup of honey
- 4 cups of powdered sugar
This recipe makes enough to give approximately 10 children a golf-ball sized lump of peanut butter dough.
1. Measure each ingredient and place into a medium mixing bowl. (The students loved scooping the peanut butter, squeezing out the honey and shaking out the powdered sugar. We took time to measure each ingredient and pour them into the bowl).
2. Mix everything together in the bowl until it is a soft play-dough consistency. (If it is too soft or greasy, add extra powdered sugar).
3. Next, give each student a golf-ball sized piece of dough and instruct them to shape a "Q" on their plate for "Q" week! (I modeled how to do this for the students. Our OT, using small paper plates, drew a "Q" in black permanent marker on each plate so that the students had a model for which to shape their letter).
4. When everyone is done making their "Q", practice thinking of and saying "Q" words, like "quiet", "quilt" and "queen."
5. Finally, enjoy tasting your yummy peanut butter treat!
Recipe and Therapy Tips:
- Ask the children to name each ingredient. Have them look at, hold and smell the peanut butter, honey and powdered sugar. Talk about color and texture and the differences between each food. Maybe even offer a sample taste to get their palates curious!
- Have "Q" picture cards handy and a large tablet of paper to write "Q" words and even draw "Q" pictures.
- This is a wonderfully easy recipe to try at home! You may want to cut the ingredients in half if you do not need as much as we did for our whole class!