Making Vanilla Playdough

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In a bowl start with

  • 1/2 Cup of Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Cream of Tartar
  • 2 Tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 1/2 Cups of boiling water
  • Few drops of Vanilla essence (add to boiling water)
  • Few drops of coloured dye (add to boiling water)
  • Stir in 2 Cups of Flour

Assist the child in putting the ingredients into the bowl (but careful with the hot water) and mix with a wooden
Once all ingredients have been added, knead into a dough and add flour until desired consistency.

When children help make playdough they develop maths and science concepts with measuring, counting, stirring, mixing, change of substance, cause and effect, develop hand eye co-ordination and small motor control.

When children play with playdough they learn to regulate their emotions, explore textures, stimulate the senses through touch, sight and smell. Children develop language skills, and understanding of properties of substances.

With the addition of props children can use imagination and promotes links to real life experiences and imitation.

Props that can be used from the kitchen drawer:

chopsticks, plastic lids, cookie cutters, cut up straws, small containers, plastic knives, yoghurt containers etc

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