Kids Activity: Homemade Playdough
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While playdough isn’t exactly edible (although most young toddlers will try), it is a great activity for you to make in the kitchen with your kids. Playdough is a great activity for when the kids need something quiet to do while you finish cooking dinner. Children love to freely squeeze, stretch, roll, poke and twist playdough. It will inspire them creatively and allow them to mimic your kitchen activities.
While you’re in the kitchen making dinner, you have a wonderful opportunity to talk about food and nutrition and inspire your children to take an interest by making some ‘food’ themselves. Here are a few food-based ideas to try with playdough.
Food play ideas
- COOKIES: Use a rolling pin and cookie cutter to roll, shape and bake some cookies
- SKEWERS: Create vegetable skewers using a paddle pop stick and some playdough ingredients
- PIZZA: Roll a round pizza base and ‘top’ with colourful ingredients
- NATURAL DYE: Make natural food dye and use this to colour your playdough
- SAUSAGES: Roll the playdough under your palm to create sausages
- FRUIT & VEGGIES: Create miniature fruit and vegetables and ask people to guess what they are
The following recipe requires strict adult supervision as boiling water is required.
2 cups plain flour
1 cup fine grain salt
4 tbsp cream of tartar
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 1/2 – 2 cups boiling water
1. Mix together the flour, salt, cream of tartar and cooking oil in a large bowl.
2. Place a couple of drops of food colouring into the boiling water.
3. Pour 1 1/2 cups of the water in with the other ingredients and mix well. Add more water as required.
4. Place the dough on the bench with a light flour dusting and knead.
5. Wrap in cling film and store in airtight container.