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My children just love to play with playdough. When they were little (now they are 17, 15 and 12) I always made it for them because the Play-doh is not cheap.
The benefits of playdough
* Helps to strengthen little fingers, hands and wrists.
* It's fun.
* It is one of the best open ended toys I know - playdough can be anything - food, animals, bowls, shapes etc.
* It helps to foster your child's imagination.
* It helps children develop self esteem -there is no right or wrong and the child has the opportunity to gain mastery over their environment.
* It is a great release for tension or angry feelings - squeezing, punching, poking are all acceptable if done to playdough.
Since morning, Tas, Muja's sister who is turning 8 years old, beg me to make play dough. So she helped me measure all the ingredients and chuck them in the mixing bowl. She mixed it and divided each recipe into half before she add colour. She made two batches and decided to colour them red, blue, yellow and green. We use food colouring and also added fragrance to it for sensory. The fragrances we used were strawberry, orange & chocolate trifle, bubble gum and white tea & ginger.
We use the recipe behind the cream of tartar box. So here is the recipe if you would like to make one.
2 cups of plain flour
4 tablespoons of 'cream of tartar'
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 cup of salt
1 1/2 cups of boiling water
Just put it all in a mixing bowl and mix. Knead until smooth. I let Tas do all the steps and she is so confidence in mixing and kneading it. Keep it in the airtight container so it won't get dry. We keep ours in the zip lock plastic bag.
Happy play doughing! It can be a calming activity and therapeutic.