P..P..P..P..Play Dough + recipe!

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IMG_6117Confession. I LOVE PLAY DOUGH!  So on a recent haul round local craft shops I made sure to pick some up. Actually, I made some last week – recipe at the bottom – but I have to admit, it wasn’t as luminous as the stuff I bought today and that won out for me. I like things bright and shiny. Like a magpie. But the home made stuff is really fine too! And cheaper 🙂

Ok so this stuff wasn’t for me it was for my 14 month old daughter, but I think I had the most fun with it! In the end though, she got into the swing of pressing down cookie cutters and rolling the squidgy substance around her palm. (Mostly she wanted to pick bits off and flick them onto the rug…)

It’s definitely an activity I’ll be returning to and which we’ll both be getting more out of as she grows. Try it out – great on a rainy day and really helps little ones to focus, use fine motor skills and experiment with touch. Just watch out for their experimentation with taste – not an activity they can do unsupervised!

img_6026.jpgHome Made Play Dough

Little ones can help you make this soft, fun play dough. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • a few drops of food colouring

Here’s what you do:

  1. Mix the flour and salt
  2. Slowly pour in the water, stirring as you do. Knead until the mixture is combined and the dough is soft but not sticky (add more flour if it is).
  3. Make a well in the centre of the dough with your thumb, add a few drops of food colouring and knead until thoroughly combined and the colour is even.
  4. Add more colouring if required!

As you can see my play dough was a bit pale – I ran out of time to add more colour, but adding more blue would really brighten it up!

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