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I work in a secure dementia wing and I found this activity excellent, even for the vision impaired.

Play Dough Recipe

2 cups salt,
5 cups flour,
2 cups warm water,

Mix together & knead well.

The dough is more grainy than ordinary play dough and needs to be covered in plastic utill it is used up. It does not keep for long and needs to be used on the same day.

Instructions

We started off rolling the dough into snakes, which was a lot of fun.

When they got the hang of it, we made small pots by using the long rolls of dough. We also made lots of heart shapes.

My residents did this activity for an hour, which was quite amazing, they can often lose interest.

We made pots by making round balls and using our thumbs and fingers.

When shapes are ready bake at 150 1 1/2 hr approx till dry.

When they were cooked, we painted them with acrylic paint, they look great.

I thought another time we might plait a Xmas wreath.

Best of luck.
Marina D.T.

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Vanessa 30th Jun 2020 Care Worker
I use Allison's soft play dough recipe and also add essential oils and colour match colours to oils (yellow to lemon, peppermint or spearmint to green etc) and the residents in my dementia unit love it, their imaginations go into overdrive. I love your idea Marina and am definitely going to try it.
Susan 30th Jun 2020 Activity Director
Hi Vanessa
Thanks for sharing this information
Allison‘s recipe does sound heavenly
Color adds a nice touch too
Thanks again
Debbie 2nd Apr 2019 Activity Director
How much dough does it make ! Enough for 3 or 4 people or is this recipe just for person?
Solange 3rd Apr 2019 Diversional Therapist
Hi Debbie. The recipe is enough for 3 to 4 people.
Emma 9th Jan 2018 Engagement Coordinator
I gave some playdough to a Resident & his wife so they could do something whilst they were together (I was using it as a hand manipulation exercise really)..when he started manipulating the dough, rolling it in to a smooth ball then flattening it and then smoothing it out with a knife. The wife likened it to window putty & her husband was preparing the "putty" to replace a window with.
She was overjoyed that he was doing something of his own accord (as he is quite far along his Dementia Journey)
Solange 10th Jan 2018 Diversional Therapist
Hi Emma, well done! It gives one so much satisfaction seeing a client totally focused on a meaninful activity of his own.
Kathleen 21st Jun 2016 RAO Memory Support
Thank you Marina, I have another recipe for play dough which calls for baby oil rather than the usual cooking oil, it keeps for much longer and smell nicer. I like your method of cooking the pots and then painting them, thank you for posting.
Ann-Maree 28th Jun 2016 Recreation Activity Officer
Hi Kathleen,
what is the recipe for the play dough with baby oil?
Ann-Maree
Kathleen 4th Jul 2016 RAO Memory Support
Basically replace the cooking oil with baby oil, it smells nicer and keeps longer too.
Laureen 19th Nov 2015 Personal care assistant
A wonderful idea, lots of good suggestions. This activity will give pleasure with tactile sensory. Biscuit shaped cutters can also be used.
allison 8th Sep 2015 Dementia Team Manager (RN)
I use "Soft as cloud dough" with my residents. It has a lovely feeling to it and I also add essential oils especially lavender for relaxation.
Try it:
1 part conditioner
2 parts corn flour/corn starch
Food colouring (optional)
essential oils (optional)
Mix together and it feels beautiful, I even play with it for ages
Jenni 18th Mar 2017 Diversional Therapist
Allison,when you say 1 part conditioner,how much ?
Sharon 5th Sep 2014 RAO
I add some essential oil to the dough, lavender or something pleasing to the nose, and food colouring if you do not want to paint afterwards. Our Physio was very impressed as the dough can be used by all and is good exercise for the hands. This activity has a very calming affect on behaviours.
Astrid 27th Jun 2013 Lifestyle Co-ordinator
I also have tried play dough with success. We have also used it with more able people in a game where players have to make an object unknown to other players out of the dough and they have to guess what it is. Of course clues can be offered too.I would make sure you are using a fresh batch each time as mould will grow on the play dough if left for some time (even wrapped up in plastic wrap in a sealed container.).
talita 17th Jun 2013
Thank you Marina!
Marina 12th Jun 2013 Diversional Therapist I/T
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