Monday, 3 October 2011

How to make Play Dough

Play Dough
What You Will need for Play Dough?
  • Some good recipes, You can add color and smells with food color , powder paint and food flavors ,(see below)
  • Enough dough, melon sized, to pound, pull, pinch and punch for each child.
  • A wipe clean surface
  • Offering dough on its own is important, Later little rolling pins (sawn up brush shaft) cutters, blunt knives, spoons and rakes can be set out with dough.
  • Lidded air-tight container for storage
What is your role?

  1. Let the children assists you with mixing up the dough
  2. To have the dough and other implements ready for the child
  3. To encourage your child and admire his/her efforts
  4. To be on hand to offer the right words if required - and give ideas to extend the play
Why Dough Play?
  1. Children love playing with it. It can be very soothing!
  2. It is very versatile, cheap and easily made at home
  3. Touch is sense young children use more than adults to experience and learn about their world. Through dough play children begin to understand ideas or size, weight and volume while using fingers, hands and wrists.
  4. Language development - big, little, long, short, flat, lumpy, more, less, shapes and eventually shades, colors and textures.

Basic dough:
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • Water to mix, with a little food color added
Mix all together to a pastry consistency. This does not keep well.

Modelling dough:
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 cups salt
  • 2 tablespoons wallpaper paste (non fungicidal)
  • 1 cup water
Mix ingredients together & knead until smooth. Make shapes and models and allow them to harden overnight, then bake in the oven 200 F or 100 C for 3-4 hours

Cooked dough
  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 2 cups salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 4 cups water (food color added)
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
Mix ingredients in saucepan  & stir over a medium heat, until mixture thickens & combines into one lump. Tip onto a pastry board & when cool knead smooth. This keeps well, in an airtight container.

Another perfect playdough recipe


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