Saturday, October 8, 2011

Playing with Playdough

An oldie, but a goodie.
If you choose to make your own playdough, why not involve your child too? Does your tot still think playdough is tasty? Try making edible playdough (see recipe). Is your littlie sick of playdough? Why not mix it up a bit? You could:
  • Add glitter or sequins to the dough for a bit of fun.
  • Introduce some of your latest loot from your walks - give your child sticks, pebbles, leaves and flowers to play around with. Tip: try rolling the playdough flat and showing your child how to press leaves, etc, into it for some interesting imprints.
  • Raid your kitchen drawers for cookie cutters (plastic are best for the kiddies), rolling pins, a garlic press, potato mashers, tea strainers, ice cube trays, muffin tins, patty pans and whatever else you can think of!
  • Get some icy-pole sticks or coloured matchsticks and use them to build things with the playdough acting as bluetack - try houses, animals, etc.
  • When you're nearly done with the playdough, and ready to throw if away, mould it into shapes and use to do some stamp painting.
  • If you're making your own, add a drop or two of food colouring to a portion of uncoloured playdough, but don't knead it through! Give it to your child as is, and watch their faces as they play with the dough and see the colours spread!
I'm sure there are many, many more ideas out there, please share them with us via the comments. Enjoy!

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