#CreateAtHome - Homemade Play Dough

April 20, 2020

Lots of us are trying to adjust to a new way of life. Having children at home, being a parent, teacher, cook. The entertainment all rolled into one can be pretty demanding.
In our home, the answer is ... Homemade Play Dough ... it's easy to make, you probably have most of the ingredients already and it can keep everyone busy for ages!

While obviously being great fun to make and play with, there are other benefits too. It promotes self directed play and imaginative play, as well as the development of fine motor skills. You can also use it as an educational tool, to make shapes, letters and numbers.

We have experimented with a few different recipes but have found this one to be the best. I lean towards an uncooked version and it allows everyone to help make the play dough, which is half the fun. Don't worry about not having food colouring, just make a batch with no food colouring .. the outcome is still hours of fun.

You'll need:
A bowl. We mix the wet ingredients first, and then add the dry ingredients.
2 cups of Flour / 1 cup of salt / 2 tablesppoons vegetable oil (most oils will work fine) / 1 cup of Warm water / Food colouring (optional) 

- For a further sensory experience you can add some nutmeg or cinnamon for a lovely scent.

We keep our playdough in old take away boxes, but a zip lock bag or any air tight container will keep it fresh for a while ... or at least until you've found it crusted into the floor one time too many and it accidentally finds its way to the bin! ... OR until you make your next batch of course!

Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Officer




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