We made banana scented pie dough for banana cream pies.
See, we are supposed to put our own "spin" on the dough of the month for 12 Months of Sensory Dough, and I was having a hard time coming up with something original. We are reading Goodnight Gorilla, so I knew I wanted a dough that was banana scented. In trying to decide what kind of "dough" I wanted to use, I thought literally - dough as in bread or pastry dough. And I like practical, so Scented Pie Dough it was!
I started with a simple flaky crust recipe made from flour, a little sweetener, cold butter, and cold water. And while it was mixing, I added banana extract. Then I showed the kids how to roll it out to make a pie crust. They trimmed their pie crusts and rolled and played with the remaining pie dough.
After the pie crusts were baked and cooled, they each made their own little banana cream pie with bananas and homemade banana pudding.
What I liked about this sensory dough experience is that it taught them how to use dough in a real way. It taught them how to roll dough flat and thin for a pie, place it into the pie pan, then stretch and pinch to make a pie crust. Bo even made a mini pie crust (in a muffin cup) with the leftover dough for his free play time. Then they sliced bananas, scooped pudding, and sprinkled sprinkles to make their very own pies ~ all very important life skills, right? :)
Of course, we talked through this process to enhance Bo's language skills. Did you know that sensory play can enhance language skills ~ visit Amy @ Wildflower Ramblings to see how! It has become second nature since Bo began speech therapy that I often don't even think about it anymore. What is wonderful is that Bo is repeating almost everything I say now (or at least trying!) I say a word, he repeats it, and I say "yes!" and repeat the word stressing any syllables that he missed - eventually he will get it.
This post is a part of the Best of the Best Sensory Doughs: 12 Months of Sensory Dough! On the 12th of each month, we will share a different sensory dough.
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