Here’s the recipe: (if you don’t have real measuring cups just choose any drinking cup and use that.)
Mix the following measurements into a bowl (so your child can have a go at mixing) or straight into the pan
* 3 cups of water
* 3 cups of plain flour
* 1.5 cups of salt
* 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
* 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar (or a big squeeze of lemon juice)
* quite a few drops of colouring and strawberry flavouring
Put into a pan and heat it over a low heat, stirring occasionally so that it doesn’t stick. After about 5 minutes it will start to peel away from the sides and make a big ball in the middle of the pan. When it has all come together, take it out and knead it for a couple of minutes. It should smell fabulous!
At this stage I added a sprinkle of red glitter and a handful of sequins to make it sparkle.
Mixing up the gloopy mess before being transferred to the pan.
Then have fun with it! We did some hacking into it with plastic cutlery, rolling with a rolling pin and cutting out with heart shaped cutters.
I still have to help her with the rolling at this stage, but she likes to do the cutting out by herself.
These heart shaped silicone cup-cake cases were useful for making little heart cakes in. She still loves making play dough cakes ever since we first did it together. Read about our first play dough cup cakes here. Adding simple, cheap things like paper cases, candles and decorations can transform a play dough session into a real opportunity for imaginative play together.
There was a lot of counting going on as part of the role play baking. Today I heard 1,2,3,4 in the correct order for the first time.
A dozen heart cakes for Valentine’s Day!
Play dough is one of the very best activities for strengthening the small muscles in the hands, preparing young children for using scissors, paintbrushes and eventually writing.
And a giant heart cake for daddy when he gets home.
This is the first occasion where she hasn’t tried to eat (or at least lick!) the play dough, even though it smelt so delicious. At nearly two and a half we are finally making progress 🙂
This activity is good for:
* creative development
* fine motor skills
* using the senses
* talking about sizes, counting, shapes
* knowledge and understanding of the world (recipes, cooking, change in materials)
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