Friday, July 29, 2011

Homemade Play Dough

I bought a toddler art book for E several months ago and we've been slowly making our way through the activities. They are all very hands on, simple, and fun. And they are perfect as 'art experiences' for little ones who love exploring without much prep work.

One activity that we gave a shot on a recent hot afternoon was one of the many play dough recipes. It was super simple and super quick to make. The dough is oily and felt a lot like soft bread dough. 

Here's what you need:
- 4 cups of flour
-1 cup of oil
- 1 t of food coloring
-1 c of water
-Mixing bowl and spoon

What you do:
-In mixing bowl, mix water, oil, and food coloring
-Slowly, add flour while mixing
It made a big mound for pounding, squeezing, rolling, and poking.

Then you get to PLAY!
I started E out with the paci in the hopes that he wouldn't eat the dough and it worked {he has yet to grow out of the put-everything-in-my-mouth-to-discover stage}. He was a bit nervous about the feeling in the beginning but in the end, loved it. I pulled out a few random bits from the kitchen from him to play with.

Definitely an activity we'll do again when it's just too uncomfortable to be outside!

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