Squishing, rolling, pulling, creating… children of all ages enjoy playing with playDough. In addition to being fun, PlayDough has multiple developmental benefits. Our homemade dough feels and smells amazing – making it a simple and natural stress relieving mindfulness tool.
What are the benefits?
Squishing and pulling PlayDough can increase fine motor skills. It strengthens the muscles in the fingers that are needed to climb an aerial hammock or hold a pencil at school. Manipulating PlayDough helps children develop hand-eye coordination. Rolling and pressing PlayDough into cookie cutters provides deep pressure to the joints, which enhances one of our hidden senses called proprioception.
How to Make Amazing Dough.
To start, add the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl.
Stir with an electric mixer.
Combine the essential oil of choice with the vegetable oil and mix into the dry ingredients.
Bring your water to a boil. Add any food coloring to the boiling water.
While stirring with an electric mixer, slowly add the water to the dry ingredients.
Continue to mix until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl.
Next, shake in a little glitter, but not too much or it won’t stick together.
Knead the dough until smooth.
Store your dough in an air-tight container.
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For better or worse your child’s brain and overall health is affected by what he eats. To stay healthy and happy your child needs a strong brain and a strong immune system. Science tells us that kids that start their day with a healthy breakfast miss fewer days of school due to illness. If your child starts the day filled with an immune boosting super breakfast their body is full of germ-fighting goodness to help keep them healthy, calm, and focused all day long!
Mix the yogurt, protein, and honey together. Add in the berries (a variety is better for the brain), and sprinkle Bunches of Crunches on the top. Voilà – in 10 minutes you have made your little one a superfood breakfast that will prime her brain for learning.
What is Bunches of Crunches?
Bunches of Crunches is yummy GRAINola that is filled with superfoods such as amaranth, chia, and millet. The super grains are combined with dark chocolate and sea salt making it amazingly delicious.
Why use Young Living Protein Powder?
Young Living’s protein blend is like no other. The delicious Vanilla Spice and Chocolate blends offer 25 grams of protein and provide essential amino acids for the brain and body. Pure protein complete contains tyrosine, which feeds the focusing chemical messengers (dopamine and norepinephrine). It also contains tryptophan, which feeds serotonin, a calming chemical messenger. Lastly, it contains glutamic acid, which feeds GABA, another important calming neurotransmitter. By adding Young Living pure protein complete to your child’s diet you are supplying them with the perfect blend of alertness and calmness.
In summary, loading your child’s breakfast with super foods may improve grades, enhance attention, and keep your little one healthy. Gluten free, healthy foods are not tasteless, in fact, they are great-tasting if you find the right products. So start your child’s day off with superfoods so they are super ready to learn. Avoid the junk foods – after all you are what you eat…
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