Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Easy Peasy Playdough

Another day in the on-going saga that is 'dealing with a two year old'.

Today I decided to try and tackle Miss Boo's behaviour with as much attention as I could possibly muster.  The problem with foul behaviour is that your inclination is not  to spend time, or give attention, to the person behaving badly.  But today, I thought, I will provide attention and see if we fared any better.

We did okay getting Bob off to school and for a short while once we returned.

"What do you want to do today?" I asked.

"This, that and that!" Miss Boo responded, pointing up at the shelf at our old playdough boxes and accessories.

Dutifully, I brought down the boxes and emptied everything out onto the table top.

Unfortunately, due to poor storing, all our play dough had either dried out or turned grey (thanks to all the colours being combined together).

Miss Boo did not look amused.

"Don't worry," I said cheerily, "Mummy will make you some more."

Play dough is a really simple, yet effective way to keep small hands and minds busy.  It is a great texture to play with and really lets the imagination fly.  Best of all it is super easy to make and stores well wrapped in cling film.  You can keep it for quite a few days, but do remember that it is made up of food stuffs so will eventually go mouldy.

Easy Peasy Playdough - This recipe makes quite a bit of playdough.  You could always halve the quantity to make a little less or make two batches with different colours.

2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
2 cups water
2 tsps cream of tartare
2 tbsps vegetable oil
food colouring of your choice.

Place all the ingredients into a large saucepan and stir over a medium heat.

The mixture will seem very watery at first and you may be inclined to add more flour - don't!  The water will be absorbed and after about 5 minutes of occasional stirring the dough will form into a gelatinous mass.

Once formed, turned out onto a greaseproof baking sheet and leave to cool for a few minutes.

Whilst still a little warm, knead the dough to gain some elasticity and then leave to cool before allowing little hands to play.

NB Dough is hot when it first comes off the stove so wait until it has cooled before letting children play with it.

It kept Miss Boo amused for a short while.

Bob enjoyed playing with the play dough when he got back from school too.  Great fun for all ages.

I was lulled into a false sense of security.  Soon after the dough was thrown around the house, my washing was pulled from the line and stomped on in the muddy garden, sand was thrown at me from the sand pit and the picnic lunch I had made was tossed around the garden.


It's a hard age.

It will get better.

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