Hi, I’m Louise and I’m really excited to be guest-posting here at Adventures of Adam! I write over at Building Blocks and Acorns, where my main focus is sensory and nature-inspired play, amongst a whole world of other things… it’s really a blog created by my two year old, because it’s all of the things that we do together on my days off as a Primary School Teacher.
What could be more sensory focused than gorgeously scented playdough? This one has been inspired by the nursery rhyme ‘Five Currant Buns’ and is fantastic for developing language skills, imaginative play, social skills, number skills and many, many more, depending upon how your child plays with it!
Please note that despite how this playdough looks and smells, it is NOT edible, so always supervise your child and ensure that they understand it is not for eating. You know your child best.
This recipe has been adapted from my playdough present pack recipe, which keeps in an airtight container for up to 4 months. Due to the fact that this currant bun playdough contains some perishable ingredients, it will keep a lot less (I’d recommend no longer than one week in an airtight container.) An alternative is to use brown foam circles for ‘currants’ to prolong the life of the dough… but it doesn’t quite look as pretty!
To make 5 ’round and fat’ playdough currant buns, you will need:
600 grams plain flour
200 grams salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons of conditioner (for added softness!)
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Approximately 250ml of boiling tea (use 3 teabags to give the colour to the dough)
A large handful of currants (or alternatively brown foam circles)
Natural red food colouring (ideally gel colouring)
1. Mix the flour, salt, cinnamon, oil and cream of tartar in a large bowl.
2. Carefully add the boiling tea, a little at a time and stir (or pop it in the food mixer,) with the conditioner.
3. Once the consistency is slightly sticky and the ingredients have come together, remove a small amount to make the ‘cherries’ and put this to one side. For the rest of the dough, mix in the currants (take care not to put these in the food mixer if you have a blade attachment, otherwise you’ll end up with currant mush!)
4. Knead it together, ensuring that the center of the play dough gets the gorgeous brown colour running through it, too. If it’s still sticky, just add a small amount of plain flour.
5. With the playdough you put to one side for the ‘cherries,’ all you need to do now is mix in a little natural red food colouring. Give it a really good stir (you may need to add a little more flour if using liquid food colouring,) and take care not to stain your hands! I’d recommend using gel food colouring.
6. Divide up your currant playdough into 5 ‘buns’ and your red playdough into 5 ‘cherries’
7. Pop a playdough cherry ontop of each of the ‘buns’
Just having the currant buns ‘on display’ will open up a world of imaginary play, with your guidance for younger ones. My little boy has just turned two (and is known as ‘Darth’ on Building Blocks and Acorns, thanks to my husband’s love of all things Star Wars!) He is just starting to engage with imaginary play if I set up an ‘invitation to play’ like creating an imaginary ‘Baker’s Shop’.’ It doesn’t need to be anything complicated… just a few visual clues that this is something a bit ‘different’ to their usual playdough experience!
Like what you see? You can get free printable signs and coins at www.buildingblocksandacorns.com I put out five food display bags, which ‘Darth’ absolutely LOVED putting the ‘currant buns’ into and out of. As he did, he would count “one, twooo, twee, five, eight…’ (it all gets a bit muddled after ‘twee!’)
Then I put myself in the role of customer and asked for a currant bun, handing over one of the paper coins. ‘Darth’ thought this was hilarious, but soon used his imagination, took the coin in exchange for a lovingly bagged-up currant bun and said ‘danks’ (thanks!)
We spent almost a whole hour exchanging coins and currant buns, playing at being the baker and making the currant buns, singing the rhyme, counting, squashing, rolling and smelling the delicious cinnamon scent!
How would you use this?
This guest post from Building Blocks and Acorns is part of World Nursery Rhyme Week. Click on the picture below to find out more information and to take a look at the other toddler friendly nursery rhyme activities and crafts:
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