Playtime with Play Dough!
Updated: Apr 19
How to entertain your kids for hours with a recipe that takes just minutes!
Buying play dough from the shops is quick and convenient but we more often then not don't know what ingredients our kids are playing with.
There are many benefits of playing with your children and getting them to help you through the process. This not only builds their confidence and experience in the kitchen but it improves math and sensory skills! It is recommended for kids, toddlers and preschoolers of all ages with the appropriate supervision!
Ingredients you will need from your pantry or supermarket!
Two cups of all purpose plain flower
Two tablespoons of vegetable oil (baby oil or coconut oil work just as well)
Half a cup of salt
Two tablespoons of cream of tartar
One to One and a half cups of boiling water
Gel food colouring
Added extras (Cookie cutters, teaspoons and glitter)
Make sure to supervise your children with the ingredients and use caution and adult help with boiling water.
Step by step guide:
Measure out the flower, oil, salt, and cream of tartar and set aside.
Grab a large bowl, Mix and stir these ingredients until combined.
Measure out one and a half cups of boiling water.
Slowly add the water to the dry ingredients making sure you're mixing each time.
Add the colours of your choice! Make sure to separate into different bowls if you want different colours for your dough.
Add the water until the dough reaches a sticky consistency.
Allow to cool.
Once the dough is cool it is now time to kneed the dough. Keep kneading the dough until the stickiness is gone. If needed add a little more flower to the dough whilst kneading it.
Extra tips: using your spoons, glitter and cookie cutters make the shapes and characters your heart desires.
Now your dough is complete!
For storage keep your dough in an airtight container for up to 6 months. If you live in a more humid climate you will need to leave your dough in the fridge or out of sunlight for prolonged use. Recommended use is for ages 3 and above with supervision.
The Benefits Of Cooking With Children
While we all dread the mess when it comes to cooking and baking with children it is important for them to learn skills for later in life. Allowing your child to build self confidence - supporting and encouraging your child helps them feel important and they're contribution to the family has been appreciated.
Encouraging your children to help you clean up is another important step in teaching them important life skills. They learn the importance of responsibility and team work when helping you or their siblings clean. For younger children a simple task like putting away the bowl you used is a great start and for older children helping clean the dishes they used teaches them the importance of cleaning the mess they made.
Play dough allows the children to be creative and have a world full of imagination. They are able to use their senses and creativity to design their own little world right at the tip of their fingers.
3. Sensory Skills
Children, young children especially, rely on their senses to explore the world. Cooking with your children explores the senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste. Cooking allows children to explore and focus on the fine motor skills. this teaches the child to use his/her eyes, nose, skin, tongue and ears to observe the items your cooking with. We know how frustrating it can be to watch your child make a mess but it is one important step for your child to develop their sensory skills.
4. Math and Science Skills
You can increase your child’s enthusiasm for science and math through cooking. According to studies experimenting with recipes and cooking in the kitchen offers children practical, hands-on experience. Following the steps of a recipe involves reading and sequencing skills. Math also comes into play with measuring ingredients.
Encourage your children to get involved and make a mess with you because we don't remember the days, we remember the memories!
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