Thursday, 30 August 2012

What to do with old, dry, clumpy Playdough?


We always feel guilty throwing away Playdough,
 but what to do with dry, clumpy playdough?!
The other day we were about to throw away a big ball of homemade playdough and we thought maybe we can get one more use out of it………………………..

We put it in the water try and let the kids go for! They loved it. Not only was it an extension of playdough play but also water play - both are great for hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.  These activities allow kids to use skills such as forearm rotation, shoulder stability, wrist control and hand grasp-skills, which are all needed for future writing skills.
There’s a great article outlining all the benefits of water (and sand) play- check it out:

If you don't already have playdough -Make playdough at home - it's crazy easy!
Ingredients
2 cup of flour
1 cup of salt
2 tbs of cream of tartar
1/2 - 1 1/2 cup of boiling water
1 tbs of oil
Food colouring or paint

Directions
Mix the dry ingredients together into a large mixing bowl
Add the food colouring or paint and oil to the boiling water
SLOWLY and mix in the water - you might not use it all.
Stir until the mixture is well combined


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