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Here is a really good recipe for play dough and some ideas of how to make things with the children. Because it is softer and easier to mould, it is ideal for tiny hands to manage and it can be a
wonderful for helping to teach the child how to make all those shapes we write on paper. Now they can help make the dough and then make wonderful objects with their hard work finished.
A PLAY DOUGH RECIPE
2 cups of white plain flour
1 cup of cooking salt
1 dessert-spoon of Cream of Tartar
1/3 cup of olive oil
Food colouring according to strength required
Mix all dry ingredients thoroughly.
Separately mix well: small quantity of water with the oil & food colouring.
Mix the ingredients together with a wooden spoon & keep
adding small quantitites of more water until mixture is smooth, and the consistency is like thick paste or custard. Don't worry about it sticking to everything at this stage it will get better he, he , he.
Pour into a shallow non stick tray, spread out and place in a hot oven (200°) for
a few minutes. The mixture will swell a little and it is here that you pour away the surplus water and then that yucky sticky-ness will vanish.
Do make sure you don't leave it in the oven too long, it will otherwise be a solid brick and not a moulding dough .
Now let it cool enough to touch before kneading well until it is nice and smooth, it should be soft
and shouldn't stick to your hands.
If the dough turns out too
sticky, add more flour gradually and knead it in until it no longer
sticks to your fingers.
If any mixture sticks to the work surface, sprinkle a little flour down first. (Like when mummy is making pastry, that is called dough as well kids!)
The play dough is now ready to use….have fun!!
Don't forget you can make many colours by blending some of the food colouring together, especially if you haven't got many colours.
This is a wonderful place to go to learn all about colour mixing as well as a million other things.
The mixture will be too salty to be tempting to eat, but should a child try, the ingredients are normal non toxic kitchen ones.
CAUTION: Do not leave in oven too long or you will end up with very salty bread.
STORE:in an air tight container or plastic bag. No need to refrigerate. It
will keep for months, as the salt is a preservative and the white flour
is virtually dead.
Other things you might need
Basic shape cutters small enough for a young child to hold & to fit in a small cake/muffin tray.
A small rolling pin, plastic non-sharp knife & a garlic press.
A few ideas of what you can do with your play dough
Take a good handful of dough and help child to roll it out fairly thinly.
Then use the shape cutters, helping the child to cut and remove the
dough & asking them which shape they would like next. Think
“share” rather than “show” as children love to have their own input.
Have the child place the little shapes into the muffin pan, counting as you go.
Next, some hand dexterity… start off by showing how to make a ”sausage” –
rolling the dough into a sausage on the table with both hands. Here
our little boy is dangling it back and forth to see how bendy it is.
Now could be the time to introduce a non sharp rounded end plastic knife to
cut up the “sausage”. First show the cutting process. Then if
necessary, assist the child to cut by placing your hand over his/hers
on the knife to help them feel the necessary pressure needed to push
down and cut. Count the pieces as they are cut off.
Now take two smallish piece of dough and start off rolling 2 balls. Give the child one and have them copy your hand movements “round and
round”. Soon they will be rolling their own unassisted. Have fun
rolling your balls to one another.
many things can be moulded from the basic ball and sausage shapes…for
example a doll like this one. We used the wrong end of a pen to make
the eyes and buttons and a thumbnail impression for the mouth.
So how did we make the hair? By using a garlic press. This press has small squares but some have round holes. Just keep adding more into the press and squeezing until the “hair” is the length you want. Ask the child to help squeeze with you.
Cleaning the garlic press: Simply let the dough dry in the press and it should tap out easily into a bin.
thanks to Tony for supplying the recipe and ideas for this Post. He has had a lot to do with the Playgroup movement in the past, both in N.Z. and Australia. Here he is enjoying dough play with 2 year old Kyan.
Keep dough in a sealed container and should it need moistening from time to
time, just make some holes and fill with water before putting away. The dough will take up the water and when you knead it up again it will be regenerated.
Another ideal use for home made playdough, is making it into plaques..
This is the link that I placed on Facebook ; You can make an impression of a foot or hand, paw or name. just follow the way to do it at "WhiteAmber's" link below. Enjoy xx
Hugs Diddily Dee Dot xxx