Over the past few weeks there has been a shift in the way my boys play together. I’ve noticed much more imaginative and creative play happening – at the insistence of our Big Boy. There are now stories involved in their play, I have found them both sitting in a cardboard box which is apparently a train pulled up at the station or they will be sitting under their little table hiding in a cave. It’s really lovely to see this interaction and their bond as brothers growing stronger. Please don’t get me wrong, it’s not all laughter and love – there is still plenty of snatching, pushing, yelling and tears
Last week I thought I’d give them a helping hand with their creativity and decided to make some play dough. I used the same recipe my Mum used to make for my sister and I when we were kids, and found Mum had carefully written down all the ingredients but failed to record the method. I figured there couldn’t be too much to it, I mean it’s Play Dough – and thankfully my first batch turned out!
Both of the boys were watching me with interest as I set up the table with a few tools for them to play with. It didn’t take long for our Big Boy to work out what was happening, and before I knew it they were both happily cutting, rolling and playing away.
You will need:
1 cup of plain flour
½ cup of salt
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
To put it all together:
Add all ingredients to a small saucepan
Over a medium heat, stir continuously for 4 – 5 minutes until ingredients have combined and a sticky dough forms.
Remove dough from saucepan and place in a covered container to cool for approximately half an hour.
Then have fun!
What activities do you do with your kids to encourage creative play?
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