I know it's the tail end of Autumn and we're about to embrace Christmas (and with it Winter), but there are still plenty of natural play resources falling from the trees to enjoy this type of activity for a few weeks yet.
I'm a fan of the no-cook playdough recipe which can keep for months in the fridge if wrapped up in clingfilm or plastic:
- 2 cups of plain (all purpose) flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
- 1 ½ cups of just-boiled water
I divided this base mixture into three parts, and mixed in yellow, orange and green food colouring to each one to create three different coloured playdoughs. I also mixed in nutmeg to the yellow, cinnamon to the orange, and ginger to the green. Adding both colour and fragrances to the playdough makes it a brilliant resource for sensory play; appealing to the senses of sight, smell and touch.
I set this up as an after-school play activity for The Boy with a sensory tray full of conkers, cases, acorns, tweezers, etc. along with the playdough to explore. He had free rein over the play resources and decided to make pretend conkers to fill the empty cases to 'trick daddy when he gets in from work'.
This recipe comes from Nurture Store's new playdough book; 'The Homemade Playdough Recipe Book' available to buy as an eBook directly here for £5.49 or $8.99. The book is crammed full of playdough recipes, with over fifty ideas for a whole year of play through all the seasons and festivals; there are four amazing Christmas ideas just perfect for this forthcoming month.
And until 3rd December 2013, 'The Homemade Playdough Recipe Book' is half-price at just $4.49 or £2.74! Who can turn that down for amazing play ideas with their little ones?
I was sent a copy of this eBook to try out and review, my opinions are honest and unbiased.