Homemade playdough is a great addition to any home. As well as being great fun to stretch, pull, squish, squeeze, push and cut, it is great for fine motor skills, use in role play and builds imagination. Children can gain skills including rolling and cutting - using scissors, cutters, knives and other tools. It is a wonderful 'tool' for encouraging children to use their senses. Children use their fingers and hands mostly, however, they can also use their sense of smell if you add flavorings to the playdough. It can help with learning their colours too!
I love playdough and we love to make our own and personalise it! Take a look at our ideas below the recipe for some fun ideas.
Below is a very easy recipe to make your own playdough! Children can help but you do need to cook it on a hob so make sure there is adult supervision.
- 1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
- ½ cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup water with food colouring added
- Put all of the ingredients into a large saucepan
- Stir over a medium heat until the dough forms into a ball.
- Leave the playdough to cool, then knead until smooth.
- Store in an airtight container
Why not add peppermint essence, vanilla essence, orange essence, glitter, food colouring, sequins etc! Themes are a great way to think up different types of playdough...
Christmas: Red and green colouring with cinnamon and peppermint essence. Add glitter too! Orange or black playdough with chocolate or orange essence...it's not Terry's!!!
Halloween: Orange, green and black work perfectly here.
Valentines: Shades of red and pink with strawberry essence and pink or silver glitter and heart sequins
Under the Sea: Blue colouring with silver and green glitter
The ideas are as endless as a child's imagination!
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