Play dough has been a fantastic quick and ready stand by to keep kids entertained for hours. Using play dough with young children is beneficial in so many ways, for not only the little ones but the grown ups as well.
The versatility of play dough makes it a staple in almost every early childhood classroom. In fact, it’s been a part of all of our childhoods since the 50’s and since 1956 more than 3 billion cans of Play-Doh has been sold. That’s enough to reach the Moon and back a total of three times!
Play dough helps build young children’s fine motor skill development. It’s great for strengthening muscle tone in little hands – squishing, rolling, cutting, pulling, twisting, flattening and squashing play dough develop the strength, dexterity, and control needed to manipulate everyday items such as pencils, scissors, zippers and buttons.
Incorporate some cookie cutters, the garlic presser, rolling pins and toys into a play dough session and watch the creativity explode.
Play dough encourages independent and cooperative play with other children and adults. During play those little one’s are learning about cooperation, collaboration, friendships and self-control.
And as children share what they are creating they are expanding their vocabulary. There are many communication skills we develop over time, including verbal, comprehension, and listening. Learning while playing enhances these communication skills and builds bonds.
Is your child often restless and finds it difficult to express his or her emotions? Give your child some play dough to play with. Sitting at one place and squishing and squashing of play dough will have a very calming and soothing effect. In fact, not only for children, this will have the same effect for adults.
There are plenty of recipes out there for play dough. Some are uncooked and other cooked. Our recipe is for cooked play dough with just 5 ingredients and at TM Essentials, we developed this recipe as it will last longer than an uncooked recipe and will also have a better consistency.
It used to be that to make a cooked play dough on the stove top required a lot of elbow grease. But with our Thermomix® recipe, we have created a recipe for play dough that will be enough for 6 colours of the rainbow without the hard work. Plus, we have created a colour mixing chart to blend 14 different colours with just 4 base colours of red, blue, yellow and green. Make a rainbow of play dough to fill your little one’s desires. Or make it extra fun by adding fine glitter, glitter hearts or glitter stars.
Our play dough will last for weeks and weeks when kept in the fridge in an airtight container.
Use our Lil' Teddy Cookie Cutters to make fun Teddy shapes with our Play Dough. Get your Cookie Cutters here.
Thermomix® Cooked Play Dough
340g plain flour
60g cream of tartar
50g coconut oil
- Add the flour, salt and cream of tartar to the TM Bowl and mix 10 sec/Sp 4.
- Add coconut oil and 500g water. Mix 15 sec/Sp 5.
- Scrape down sides of bowl. Cook for 30 min/100°C/Sp 2.
- Tip onto a silicone baking mat. Wrap and place in fridge or freezer until cool enough to handle (15 – 30 min).
- Divide into 6 pieces. Make a well and add food colour drops for the desired colour.
- For a sparkly play dough, add in 1 tsp glitter at this stage.
- Knead by hand to mix the food dye into the play dough.
- Store in an air tight container in the fridge.
- Makes 6 x ½ cup portions of play dough.
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