During the holidays, as many parents know, kids expect you to entertain them from morning till dawn. Unless the day is action packed, it’s a “boring” day and “I don’t have anything to do” day.
On one of those days, we made a batch of homemade playdough (play dough). In summer, we tend to spend more time outside and kids didn’t play with it for a while. Not only did the playdough keep them occupied for hours – to mum and dad’s delight, but also there is an educational element to it: development of fine motor skills, blending colours, exploring senses like touch and feel, to name a few.
Instructions on how to make playdough:
This is a simple no cook playdough recipe which you can make within minutes.
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup salt
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 cup boiling water
- natural or food colouring (eg. beetroot, turmeric powder), optional
Note: Increase the above amounts two or three times for more playdough which can be divided and coloured differently.
In a bowl mix all dry ingredients.
Add oil, liquid colouring and boiling water (warn kids if they are helping!) and stir until it all comes together.
This is a proper way. As you can see above, I usually put dry and wet ingredients all at once and then stir. Here I added a bit of beetroot juice, but, oops, forgot to add oil. Still it came good.