Make your own xmas play dough with guest blogger: @explorewith.oliver
Christmas is my favourite time of year and I try to make it super special and fun for Oliver. One way I do this is through creating fun play for him to explore. Here I have created an easy peasy Christmas tree play that you can set up at home using some natural loose parts that you can collect on walks or from items around the house...including making your own play dough! Honestly it’s super easy to make at home.
What you will need:
2 cups flour (any will do, but I used plain flour)
1 cup salt
1 1 /2 cup water
2 tsp sunflower oil
Green food colouring
Christmas tree cookie cutter
Bits to decorate the trees (I used pompoms, pipe cleaners & bells)
Method for playdough
Literally add all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. Add the desired amount of food colouring to achieve the colour you like... Add more water if too dry or more flour if too sticky. Use your hands to kneed the dough together on a lightly floured surface ( I find this the easiest way to get all the mixture combined and the colour to cover well). Then once a soft dough texture is created TA DA you've made play dough! How easy was that? (Just remember to keep it sealed in an airtight container when not in use and it should last over a week)
Then you can either let little ones explore just like that or you can add in some of the loose parts mentioned above to see how they use them. For example, you could create green Christmas trees with the cutters and add pom poms for baubles or press sticks into the dough which is always fun to create patterns too.
I find playdough fantastic for all ages as it is the perfect open ended play tool to spark creativity and imagination all while developing fine motor skills (great to strengthen early writing and mark making skills!) Little ones (and big ones!) will have lots of fun playing with this. Oliver is always so engaged with play dough and it isn’t messy at all for those who are not so keen on super messy play...use the #exploreandplaytoday so I can see your fabulous creations.
Why not make some extra batches to give out as Christmas gifts for little ones? I'm sure it will go down a treat ...plus you can show off your new play dough making skills!
Merry Christmas everyone, Sam @explorewith.oliver x