Playdough has been popular in our house ever since Maddy was a baby. I love that it can be enjoyed with children of all ages.
It is such a wonderful sensory experience and has so many developmental benefits including strengthening muscles in the hands and fingers and learning to associate actions with consequences. The visual and tactile play creates new neurons and neurological pathways which is why it’s one of the first things you will see in a kindy or prep classroom. Above all it is FUN, and children are free to explore their creativity and imagination, whilst enjoying the absence of any “right or wrong” ways to do things.
When I first started in childcare, I would make playdough on the stovetop. It was such hard work!! Constant stirring and HUGE amounts of elbow grease.
Thankfully now it is much easier to do – the microwave makes it a quick and easy job to do!
3 cups plain flour
3 cups water
1/2 cup salt
3 tbsp cooking oil
6tsp cream of tartar
- Mix all ingredients in a microwave bowl
- Cover loosely with lid
- Cook on high for 4 minutes
- Remove crusty bits from around the outside of the bowl (this should pull off in one big ring)
- Cook on high for a further 4 minutes
- Pull off crusty ring
- Stir well – don’t be too concerned by the lumps at this stage – be careful it is HOT!
- As mixture cools – mix and manipulate with hands – this is when the lumps should smooth out.
- When completely cooled – store in airtight container.
Let you imagination run wild with the playdough! There are so many other materials that you can use with the playdough, so don’t be afraid to play around. One of our favourites is to mix in glitter for some sparkly fun. Try silver glitter with black playdough – FANTASTIC for some spooky play or some night sky designs. Here is some playdough inspiration to get you started!
Go on….. you know you want to!
The only question is – what colour will you make first?