R (4 years) has been getting creative with play dough quite a lot lately. Earlier this week we made our Halloween play dough and today R said he wanted to do some pretend baking with play dough. It was great messy fun! We make our own play dough using this home made play dough recipe. It really is the easiest, fastest play dough recipe I’ve ever tried and it leaves your hands so soft – a definite plus for a child like R who has sensitive skin.
I set out some cupcake cases, birthday candles and a bowl of sparkly foil shapes for decorating the cakes. Before long, R had whipped up some delicious smelling chocolate cupcakes. I coloured the “chocolate” play dough with cocoa so it has the most wonderful aroma.
R used some green play dough to ice his cupcakes. It was all going along pretty smoothly, until….
R decided he wanted to mix a pretend cake. He requested the biggest mixing bowl that we own and in went some pulses that we’ve been using for more than two years now for various sensory tubs and pretend play like this. These are a mix of split peas and black eyed peas. They are so smooth and silky to touch and have kept well for two years. Now they just have some sparkly foil shapes mixed in with them….
Lovely sensory play, running his hands through the “cake mix”.
That’s when things started getting very messy, which is the best kind of play!
The split and black eyed peas were sprinkled over the play dough cupcakes (and all over the table and floor).
The green play dough that R is holding was a pie, of course! This kept R engaged for almost an hour. We sang Happy Birthday to each other and pretended to blow out the birthday candles. I love play dough because it provides an opportunity for R to develop his imagination, practise some fine motor skills, and enjoy some sensory play. What’s your favourite way to play with play dough?
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