One For The Kids :: Homemade Play Dough

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! 

Ingredients

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

Food colouring

Glitter (optional)

Method:

  1. Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix.
  2. 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.

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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 😛

xx

One For The Kids :: Miss Polly Had a Dolly

I will always remember going home after Kindy and asking my mum if she could guess what song I’d learnt in school. I’m pretty sure that 90% of the time, she knew what song it was I’d learnt or was going to sing for her. Needless to say, I was ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of that time amazed by her psychic powers!

I have a faint memory of me looking up at her and saying “How did you know, Mummy?!?!”

In fact, I asked her just recently how it was that she always knew. “YING (my mum has NEVER called me by the baptismal name she herself gave me at birth) there are only SOMANY nursery rhymes. If it’s not THIS song, it’s THAT. How hard could it have been to guess?!”

I was a tad disappointed to know my mum hadn’t been spying on me at Kindy but who am I kidding?! She’s never been that kinda mum 😛 Her reply has, however, strongly resonated with me ever since I started teaching kindy because ermahgerd – I have “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” coming out of my nose and am having recurring “Bah Bah” nightmares. As a result, kindy teachers have to be SUPER creative and actually jazz things up, just to keep ourselves alive. My boss – she’s faaantastic. I’ve learnt all these variations of traditional nursery rhymes and have even taught them to friends with kids. I’ll share them with you in time to come 🙂 But today, let’s kick back, ol’ skool style.

When I first heard my boss sing “Miss Polly Had a Dolly” with the kids, a ton of memories came flooding back! If you don’t commit the lyrics to memory, this nursery rhyme’s actually pretty difficult to just “wing it”. I’m proud to say that after spending a night humming the damn tune and singing the song to myself – and the kids – over and over and OVER again in the last 24 hours, I’ve successfully added this to my repertoire of nursery rhymes *LOL*

Miss Polly Had a Dolly

Miss Polly had a dolly
Who was sick, sick, sick,
So she called for the doctor
To be quick, quick, quick;
And he came
With his bag and his hat,
And he knocked at the door
With a rat-a-tat-tat.

He looked at the dolly
And he shook his head.
He said “Miss Polly,
Put her straight to bed.”
He wrote on a paper
For a pill, pill, pill,
“I’ll be back in the morning with my bill, bill, bill!”*

*This last line is per the Wiggles’ version of the nursery rhyme. Alternatively, you can end the rhyme with “I’ll be back in the morning, yes I will, will, will!” Lyrics courtesy of KIDiddles.

Downtime Sleepy Hat

I read Zhing’s post on tips for flying with babies/kids and loved it! I’ve been on flights with BAWLING babies and while I feel so bad for both baby and mummy/parents, I’ve always wondered what us big people could do for the little ones to alleviate whatever discomfort they must be experiencing. 

So Zhing, THIS is for you! Zoe B’s Downtime Sleepy Hat for Blake – what a nice “first flight” pressie it’ll make 🙂

xx

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