At Nursery we regularly have play dough out. It is a great resource which helps develop your child's fine motor skills (The skills needed for small movements such as writing and using scissors) and finger strength. The children access the play dough area freely, using their imagination to create models and items to support their play ideas.
We make our own play dough and use the simple recipe below to create it.
You will need:
2 cups of plain flour
1/2 cup of table salt
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
2 tablespoons of vegetable or sunflower oil
1.5 cups boiling water - Please be careful - this should only be made by adults not children.
First put all of the dry ingredients in to a bowl and stir. Then add the vegetable oil (don't mix this in yet though!)
Next you will need to add the boiling water, pour the cup and a half in straight away then add the food colouring.
After that you need to mix the the ingredients until they come together in the bowl - at first it seems like the mixture is too wet but it will come together!
When the mixture is well combined put the ball of play dough on a counter top or table and knead until smooth (BE CAREFUL - It is still going to be hot)
Once the play dough has cooled down it is ready to be played with - if you find that the playdough is still a bit sticky add some more flour.
After use the play dough should be kept in an air tight container (or wrapped in cling film) so that it's ready for fun another day. This play dough can last for weeks when looked after!