It has been raining a lot lately, which means less outdoor play and I am looking for creative ways to entertain the kids! I thought Play Dough could be an answer to ease the cabin fever.
Play Dough is popular with children of any age especially the little ones who really love the creativity. Making play dough at home is super easy and quick and only requires simple ingredients that you probably have in the pantry already.
The recipe I used recently was one that added jelly crystals to the mix. I find using jelly in the play dough recipes gives it a wonderful smell and colour and more elasticity.
It only took me about 15 minutes to make this play dough – which means it is not too long for the children to wait before they can play with it.
There are many benefits of playing with play dough. Just holding it and squishing it in their hands will give your child a tactile experience as the dough responds to their touch. Rolling, cutting and flattening the dough assists in hand-eye coordination and develops fine motor skills. Plus when kids use their stamps and shapes to imprint on the play dough they are also learning cause and effect, and the impact their pressure has on the shape of the dough. As play dough can be made into any shape, it is a great way to stimulate children’s imagination and creativity.
Using play dough is a calming activity. My kids spent almost an hour playing with their play dough. They rolled and squished, used their stamps, made shapes (Olaf and bunny), and pretended they were making cookies for each other. When they were finished with it, we put the playdough in a zip-lock bag and stored it in the fridge to reuse another day.
Mix jelly crystals, flour, salt and cream of tartar in a saucepan
Add warm water and oil
Mix with whisk until no more lumps visible
Place saucepan in medium heat and continuously stir until the mixture forms a very thick lump (a blob)
Take dough out of the saucepan onto clean surface and wait until cool enough to touch
Knead and add small amount of flour if too sticky
Play dough is ready!
I used a raspberry jelly which resulted in pink play dough. I thought it would be fun to have play dough in a few different colours, so I split the mix into three and added some food colouring. I added blue to one piece and yellow to another, and in the end we had a pink, purple and orange play dough (extra point – learning about mixing colours! My toddler is impressed. Magic! she said. LOL) I also found some leftover craft glitter so I added it to the dough, because who doesn’t need extra sparkle!
Hope you’re having a wonderful week!