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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Homemade Playdough

Written by  Esther Boylan Wolfson

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I hate store bought play-dough. It's expensive and rarely lasts for more than a few play sittings. Here's a great recipe for play-dough passed down to me by Katie Browning, the first pre-school teacher I had the privilege of working with.

Enjoy!

Time needed: 20 minutes
Appropriate for ages: 3 and up

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 T cream of tartar
  • 1 T oil
  • Food coloring (any color)
  • Pot
  • Mixing spoon
  • Stovetop
  • Mixing bowl

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Combine the flour, salt and cream of tartar in the pot.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the water and the oil.
  3. Choose a color for the play-dough .
  4. Add a few drops of the right color food coloring to the liquid mixture. (Make sure your child watches what happens as you add the food coloring.)
  5. Add the liquid to the pot with the dry ingredients and place it on the stovetop.
  6. Mix it over a medium fire until the mixture feels like play-dough.

    WARNING: Never leave a child unsupervised near an open flame. You can let your child watch and participate, but only with your assistance.

  7. Allow the mixture to cool. (Let your child feel the play-dough while its hot, but first check to make sure it's not too hot.)
  8. As soon as the play-dough is cool enough to be comfortable for your child's hands, give her some and enjoy watching her work.

PLAY-DOUGH ACTIVITIES:

  1. A plastic knife and cup can make great play-dough utensils. If you don't have any of the store bought play-dough accessories (which are not necessary) try letting your child cut out shapes with a plastic knife and a paper or plastic cup.

  2. Roll out the play-dough in the shape of a snake.

  3. See how many shapes, letters or numbers your child can make by combining different snakes.

  4. Let your child see what happens to the play-dough when she pricks it with a fork.

  5. Make sure to give your child plenty of free time to make the shapes she prefers. Often the imaginative ideas that children come up with while playing are far more creative than adult ideas.

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Esther Boylan Wolfson

Esther Boylan Wolfson

Esther Wolfson , director of our Early Childhood Development Center is an Early Childhood Specialist, who received her BA in English Communications from Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University and an MA in Early Childhood Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, both in New York City. Esther worked as a pre-school special education teacher for seven years. Three of those years were spent working in a school for language delayed pre-schoolers, which is her area of specialty. Another special love of hers is cooking with young children. One of her most enjoyable projects was developing a program for cooking with pre-school children for three special education programs. Esther and her husband Myles have three boys aged eight, five and two-years-old. While her three lively boys and her work at WholeFamily, keep her quite busy, in her spare time (if she ever has any!) she is an avid reader who also enjoys creative writing, exercising and swimming.

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