Monday, May 21, 2012

Playdough Fun!

Playdough seems to be a mixed bag, some moms love it and some can't stand the stuff.  Here at the Middle of Somewhere we love our playdough.  Whether store bought or homemade playdough is an often used toy at our house.  Playdough is also an often used tool to answer the question "What do I do with my littles while the others are doing lessons?  This is what I came downstairs to one day during lessons.

K using her Playdough Magic Swirl Ice Cream Shoppe.

Playdough as a head covering.

Playdough as a window cling.
 All of this play lead to us making playdough.  Here is our favorite recipe found in the Toddler's Busy Book

1 cup water
1 tbs. vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
1 tbs. cream of tatar
food coloring
1 cup flour

Combine first 5 ingredients in saucepan and heat until warm.  Remove from heat and add flour until well combined.  Dump out dough and kneed until smooth, sometimes I have had to add more flour.  I store our dough in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

measuring cream of tartar into the saucepan

mixing her dough
We have a few other playdough tools we enjoy:
 Melissa and Doug's Shape Model and Mold set
Playdough Cars 2 Mold and Go Speedway
Playdough Cake Making Station

So once the fun was over and the mess was surveyed K washed the windows and vacumed the floor.  So don't worry about the mess because when the fun is over the practical life work begins.

I'm linking up with Montessori Monday and the Preschool Corner.


Debra@Familylicious said...

I love the palydough on the window we have not done that yet. I have a ton of playdough recipes on my site if you want to check them out here is a link

Sarah said...

Our play-doh stash is drying out and I was just telling the kids we should try to make some. Thanks for the recipe! Stopping by from Preschool Corner.

Deb Chitwood said...

Great ideas ... and thanks for the resources! I love your statement "when the fun is over the practical life work begins"! ;) I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

Tammy G said...

Thank-you for leaving me some comments, your visits are so encouraging!

Jolanthe Erb said...

Playdough, playdough everywhere ~ you are a brave momma letting it be in hair!! :)