Natural no-cook playdough

June 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today’s Invitation to Play looked a little like this……
natural no-cook playdough invitation to play
All this week (well, as much as we can!) we’re taking part in the Playdough Pledge, along with Sun Hats and Wellie Boots, The Nurture Store, and The Imagination Tree. They have had some STONKING ideas for  playdough play – playdough will never be the same after this week! I’ve already had Messy Boy singing “we love playdough, we love playdough” as he trundled his tractor through Monday’s chocolate mudfest dough!
Boy brought the chocolate mud playdough into the kitchen almost as soon as we got back from our grocery shopping this morning, along with his tractor and tree. I’d not yet had chance to make our next batch of dough and he wanted to play already!
chocolate mud playdough
Grandad couldn’t resist joining in and there were squeals and shrieks of delight and laughter as they played.
chocolate mud playdough
chocolate mud playdough
I made a batch of natural no-cook playdough while he was playing.
Natural no-cook playdough recipe:
2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
Juice of half a lemon
2 tablespoons oil
1.5 – 2 cups boiling water
Mix the flour and salt, and add the lemon juice, oil, and water. Mix until it clumps together then (carefully, it’s hot!) knead into a smooth dough. It crusts over very quickly so once it’s cooled down a bit knead it again and store in an airtight container until you’re ready to use. Sun Hats and Wellie Boots has some great suggestions for natural colourings and aromas to try adding to the dough!
natural no-cook playdough
Feels very much like salt dough, I wonder if it would harden well… Even Grandma couldn’t resist this dough, having helped me make it by holding Baby, and squished a face into the warm dough! It was warm and lemony-delicious scented, very theraputic to squish! Boy joined me on a trawl of the garden to see what we could find to put on our play tray with the new dough. We looked at flowers, seed heads, leaves; watched the bees, tried to spot spiders darting away into the shadows. After selecting a few pieces he went inside and degated the task of collecting to me!!
After lunch I set up the new playdough station for him.
natural no-cook playdough concentrating
He could hardly wait. Again he didn’t do what I expected, and hardly touched the leaves and flowers, instead slicing pieces of dough off with a wooden knife, and asking me to shape them into balls.
natural no-cook playdough play developing 2
We made a lot of tiny loaves of bread, or scones, depending at what point you asked, for his shop. He made lollipops by sticking bits of twig into little balls of dough.
This is how the playdough station looked moments before he announced he was done!
natural no-cook playdough play developing
Another brilliant playdough date – and EVERYBODY joined in, even Messy Baby who I had to remove from play as even with the massive ratio of salt to flour he still thought it may be edible….
When Messy Boy finished and was off playing with his cars, I picked most of the bits out, split the dough into three and added builders sand and orange food colouring to one third, blue food colouring to another, and left the rest white. Tomorrow we’re bringing the beach to grandma and grandad’s house!
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