Play dough is the answer – in fact homemade play dough I’ll have you know!! I have tried to make it before but it was a dry, crumbly mess and Chloe just wasnt interested in it. But inspired by Lisa at http://www.mama.ie and her post about trying to make play dough again a few weeks back made me determined to try again. However then I got caught up in the Real Nappy Week hubbub and totally forgot, until last night when faced with the forecast of another dreary day I decided to make some play dough. This was about 9pm but to be totally honest it’s so quick and easy to make, and less messy then you think, you could easily make it whilst you’re LO is napping or in the morning ready for afternoon fun.
I followed the recipe Lisa posted about which is taken from The Parents Guide to Play
1 cup flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tblsp vegetable oil
1 tblsp Cream of Tartar
4-5 drops of food colouring (we only had red so I had to improvise a little)
You can also add sparkly glitter or a bit of metallic paints or whatever you fancy really!
It is super easy to make, I just measured everything out and put it into a saucepan as I went along, flour, salt, water, oil, and cream of tartar. And gave it a good old mix whilst putting it on a low heat and kept on stirring until it thickened up. It did look a gloopy runny mess at first but after a few minutes it does thicken up and stick together a bit more and starts to come away from the sides of the pan, at this point it’s ready so turn off the heat and leave to cool. The saucepan did look a bit of a mess but I can report that some hot water and fairy liquid dissolved any residue with ease!
Once it had cooled down I added some of the red food colouring to a ball of the dough and then used a bit of normal blue paint on another ball and the other I just left au natural. I did have some glitter that I squeezed a bit onto each ball and then kneaded it all in for a sparkly effect. Then as it was nighttime, I just popped them into sandwich bags and left them in fridge.
I have to say the texture was fab, just like I remember it to be, very slightly tacky but bouncy. I took them out of the fridge in the morning so that they warmed up a little before we started to play with them.
It took Chloe a little while to really get into it and she seemed more interested in playing with the cutters (must remember to get some play knives and things) and to my surprise she didnt once try to eat it! Tidying it up was nice and easy too and I popped them back in their bags and into the fridge for next time. It’s a really cheap and easy play idea that everyone should try and I’m looking forward to using more colours next time and some utensils for Chloe to play with.