Playing with Dough
My kids are given just playdough and a (non-serrated) butter knife.
That’s all…the rest is imagination.
Yesterday, a ten year old made a melting snowman on a beach. It was equipped with a boom box and cooler and towel. How cool is that?
When it comes to creativity, less really IS more. The fewer materials the better a project works. I find that I have to bore the kids into some of these projects. I just leave it on my table and what kid of any age can resist playdough?
The lazier the project director, the more creative the experience!
Here is a good recipe for homemade playdough:
- 1 Cup of Flour
- 1/2 Cup of Salt
- 1 Cup of Warm Water
- 2 Teaspoons of Cream of Tartar
- 1Tablespoon of Cooking Oil
- Food Coloring
Step 1: The Cooking
Put all of the ingredients into a pan. I’ve just realized that I made a mistake when trying out this recipe – I missed out the oil, which would probably explain why it was a little dry.
Slowly heat the ingredients making sure you stir continuously. The mixture should be quite smooth but it will soon start to stiffen. Watch out for lumps forming:
The mixture will begin to stiffen very quickly – at least it did for me. The website I got this play dough recipe from said that it might take a while so I guess it varies. You’ll need to put some effort into the stirring at this stage. When your mixture looks like the picture below, it’s just about ready:
Step 2: Kneading the Dough
Take the dough out of your pan and roll it onto a suitable surface.
The dough should be light and springy. It’s lovely stuff actually, I don’t know why I never tried this before! Knead it for a few minutes like you would knead a bread dough and it should look something like this: