I have a confession. Despite being a Reception teacher I have never actually made my own playdough. I have always been put off with the horror stories of burnt saucepans and have been lucky enough to have had wonderful Teaching Assistants who have made it for me. However, that has all changed now as it’s just down to me.
The recipe I found at The Imagination Tree was so easy and no saucepans were required at all. We simply mixed the plain flour, vegetable oil, salt, cream of tartar, boiling water, food colouring and glycerine in our large mixing bowl.
I then started pouring in the boiling water whilst mixing until it became sticky and added the red food colouring and glycerine. Once it was cool enough to touch I took it out and kneaded it for about 3 minutes adding a little flour as it was still sticky.
This is where I thought the fun would really begin. I set out a wide variety of playdough cutters because that is what I am used to doing with 4 and 5 year olds. I was forgetting that Adam is only 1 1/2 years old and has never experienced the feel of playdough let alone mastered the skills involved to make anything with it. Needless to say Adam wouldn’t even touch the playdough! I think it will be some time before those playdough cutters will be used.
* Check out Imagination Tree for the simple ingredients you will need
* Mixing bowl and spoon.
Adam was 18 months old.