I realise that homemade play dough is nothing new but before I started teaching Kindy, I thought that mums who make their own play dough are SUPERMUMS!
I now make play dough at Kindy on an almost weekly basis. GO ME! (Future SUPERMUM I hear you say?! Yea. We’ll see about that. *yaaawwn*)
The best thing about homemade play dough is that it’s non-toxic and the process of making it is a learning experience in itself. Children are tactile beings, so it’s best to expose them to as many different types of media and textures as often as possible. Since play dough is non-toxic, it’s OK if baby decides to EAT play dough while playing with it 😛
Save some money, spend some quality time with your children and make play dough!
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup of salt
2 tbs of cream of tartar (optional)
1 tbs of cooking oil
1 cup of hot water
- Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix.
- As soon as it starts to bond together and is hard to mix, take it out of the bowland knead until it takes on the look and consistency of play dough. It might be hot when you take it out of the bowl, so be careful.
Don’t worry if you have no cream of tartar – it simply makes the play dough more elastic. This recipe will still work without cream of tartar.
My next project with the big kids at Kindy is to do up a poster on how to make play dough. It’s been a while already *tsk tsk* I’m such a slacker 😛