Some international mama’s have been asking me about playdough lately…you NZ mama’s are likely in the know already.
We got into making and shaping bread dough at Steiner playgroup but i wasn’t making bread at home as much as Jed would like. Then we came across playdough at the play specialist’s playspace at Starship Hospital in Auckland. I had to peel Jed away. She gave me a recipe and we’ve had playdough in the fridge ever since. Much fun to be had and very easy to make. It lasts for a very long time if kept in the fridge, although admittedly ours is getting a little hairy now Jed has diversified his play with it. Likes it squishing between toes, he’s just learnt to make ‘noodles’ by rolling it between his hands, and my favourite, ‘look mama, like a sunset art’, smeared across the big glass doors at sunset. Last week he tried to get the cat to walk across it to see what her pawprints look like.
deep in noodle making
I try to keep toys simple and natural. (As per the article about us in the NZ Women’s Weekly last year, of all publications, my nana would’ve been proud.)
However, as Jed gets older our plastics have burgeoned a bit. These playdough implements were $4 off trademe, including postage. They came well loved but perfect and they are certainly getting a workout.
‘look mama, like a sunset art’
Neighbour has absconded with my playdough recipe (from memory i think the same ingredients only i added boiling water instead of cooking it) but i found this one in the Moving to learn book which a friend swears by.
2 cups flour
4 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 cup salt
2 cups water
Add food colouring if you want. (It’s the only thing we have additives/colouring in)
Mix all ingredients together and cook over medium heat, stirring gently until thickens. Place dough on a piece of waxed paper and let it cool. Store in air tight container in fridge when not in use.