Today we made play-dough for the first time. JJ enjoyed throwing the salt and flour around. However once we had made the play-dough he was reluctant to do anything with it. In fact he was rather unimpressed. He did attempt to put it in his mouth several times, even though it was evident he didn't like the taste.
I tried to teach him how to mash it and roll it and squish it in my hands. He wasn't really interested. All he wanted to do was pull it to pieces and fling it. He did spend a little time time transferring the small pieces of play-dough into a measuring cup. I shouldn't really have been surprised by this because we have been doing quite a pit of transferring lately. We played play-dough for about 3 minutes before he decided that he was "all done".
Here is the basic recipe I used. The texture is very gritty and I doubt that the play dough would keep.
- 1/2 cup of plain flour
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 1/2 tablespoon of oil
- 1/4 cup of water
- Food coloring
Premix the oil, food coloring and water then add these to the salt and flour. Stir and knead until it is the consistency of...well... play-dough.