Monday, 18 February 2013

Jelly playdough

                                                     It is play dough time again!!!!!!

The success of the chocolate playdough we made the other day spurred me on to try some different playdough recipes and begin experimenting with different "flavours" and play dough creations. Today, we made Jelly playdough........which smells delicious and means you do not have to use food colouring to colour the does it by itself!!

All you need is:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup of salt
1 tablespoon of oil
1 cup  warm water
2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
85 g packet of jelly crystals
1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a saucepan.

2. Dissolve the jelly crystals in the warm water and stir

3. Add the jelly water and the oil in the saucepan and put on a medium heat.

4. Stir with a wooden spoon until the dough thickens. Leave to cool.

5. Once cool, knead the dough until ready to use!!

The colour of the jelly makes the playdough quite vibrant, although I didnt have quite the right amount of crystals to make mine really bright, there was still a green tinge to it. (I used lime crystals!!) I am looking forward to experiementing with other flavours......I think Blackcurrant may come out well!!

To make the experience different for my daughter, I added googly eyes to encourage her to create people from the playdough. At first, she wanted to do her normal play of rolling the dough and making cakes, but she soon took an interest by using the eyes and her manipulating tool to create a "beard" and hair on her own little playdough face!!

It just goes to show that by using new equipment with playdough, you can create new and exciting learning opportunities, which can keep them busy for ages!! Its definitely worth a go!!

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