4 reasons why I love play dough:
It is great for strengthening large and small muscles in the hand which is particularly useful for my bendy hypermobile girls whose hands get tired easily when writing and colouring.
Play dough builds esteem. There is no right or wrong way to play with it, therefore it encourages children like Minty who worry about making mistakes in other creative activities to get involved.
Play dough encourages communication, whether they are talking to each other or chatting away to themselves.
It fosters imaginative play. There are not many toys available that can be anything, a cake, a pet, crazy hair etc…
Why my children love play dough:
“It smells good and if we ask mummy with our smily faces, she puts glitter in it…..”
This week I made a batch of my Zesty Sunshine Play Dough. This dough smells divine and will make your house and hands smell like summer.
The basic play dough recipe:
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
4tbsp cream of tarter
2 cups water
2 tbsp oil (any oil will work but think about allergies if you are using a nut based oil)
Mix the ingredients together in a large pan
Place over a medium heat, stirring constantly until it looks like thick mashed potato.
Turn it out onto a very lightly oiled surface and kneed until it is soft and smooth.
At this point you can add any colour, texture or scent you want. For my Zesty Sunshine Dough, I added the zest (grated very finely) of two lemons and kneaded it into the dough. It smells amazing and makes the dough a lovely light yellow without having to add any colouring.
I have tried various playdough recipes and this one is my favourite. Cream of tarter is not something everyone will have in the cupboards but it can be bought easily and cheaply from most supermarkets.
This dough will last for weeks without drying out if you keep it in an airtight tub or jar.