Play dough is one of the absolute must-haves in any toddler’s or preschooler’s play kit.
Today I decided it was high time I whipped up a new batch of play dough as our last batch had gone mouldy. We had made it in my 8th month of pregnancy last November and I had forgotten to store it in the fridge, so you can imagine the Goliath it had become by now.
In the past I tried a number of recipes, all of which worked really well, but this time I found one I simply had to post about.
Piglet had lots of fun pouring the ingredients that we had measured into a bowl and then mixing them together with a spoon.
The great thing about this recipe is that we don’t have to stand over the stove to cook the dough. That isn’t something I want my 3 year old doing! This recipe just calls for boiling water to be added to the other ingredients.
After we added the water (and we didn’t have to use all the water as stated in the recipe, just enough to create the texture we liked), I took over the stirring until the mixture had cooled. Then Piglet got his hands into it and we both started kneading.
Once we were happy with the consistency of the dough, I divided the batch into 4, then added a few drops of food colouring.
Aren’t these tempting?
We had a wonderful time talking about the process of making the dough, had fun together making it, and even more fun exercising our fingers, kneading the dough and giving life to ideas.
Piglet made lots of little balls and I made “cars” to go on top of them. He was impressed. He then made lots of “jets” which looked like rocky mountains to me, but if your kid says his creation is a “jet”, you had better agree or else.
We made all kinds of other things together before it was time to pack up and I thought I’d make a “snake” that consisted of all the leftover bits rolled together. But Piglet insisted it was the letter “S” instead.
And so it was!
By the way, The Imagination Tree is probably the website to go to for some of the loveliest play dough recipes and fun activities to do with them. Anna, who writes that lovely blog, has a perfectly written post on the central importance of play in the early years. Play is something we embrace wholeheartedly in our home. It makes homeschooling (and parenting) so much fun. Do pop over and have a read!