I’m always trying to think of new ideas to keep my boys amused and away from the television as much as I can (especially in this horrible weather) and making play dough with them is the best, it’s quick, easy and fun for all of us (whatever age).
Not only do they get to make the play-dough and get really messy whilst doing it they get to play with the result.
It keeps for about 2 months as long as it is wrapped in a polystyrene bag or in a tight plastic container (I do both).
The boys love getting stuck in with their hands and they like to choose the colour they want it to turn out like, although we have arguments in our house so we do two batches (one colour for Jak and one for Joseph).
I let the boys do all the measurements and mix all of the ingredients together but I do the kneading while it is hot, once it’s cooled they take over.
Play-dough is good for creativity, imagination, exploring, expressing and fine motor skills.
It’s great for toddlers hand development by feeling the texture of it, pinching, squeezing, rolling and poking it.
By letting children help you measure, pour, mix and colour it teaches them concepts such as wet/dry, hot/cold and empty/full.
By adding a flavour/scent (such as vanilla, almond, peppermint, lemon, coffee) to your play dough it will create a new sensory experience for your child, you could encourage your child to describe the smells with words.
Although this recipe has lots of salt in it, it really won’t do the child much harm if swallowed apart from leaving a horrid taste in their mouths.
You could add glitter to your recipe too, makes it very sparkly.
Joseph choice was the colour red with lemon flavouring.
1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of water
Flavouring (optional but I recommend it)
1 tablespoon of oil
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
1 teaspoon of food colouring
Teaspoon and tablespoon
Mix all of the dry ingredients together then add in the colouring, flavouring and water in a microwaveable bowl
Microwave for 2 minutes
Stir (remove any dry bits from the side of the bowl)
Microwave for a further 2/3 minutes until cooked
Remove and knead until cooled (be careful as its hot!