Playdough – Toddler
Did you know?
Playdough is very cheap and easy to make at home and lasts for weeks in an air tight container.
While playing, talk about how the playdough feels between your fingers and what it looks and smells like. Use action words and phrases e.g. roll out, cut up, push down to develop your child’s vocabulary and descriptive language.
Wait quietly for your child to show or tell you something, then make a comment or ask a question that keeps the conversation going e.g. “I made snake”, “You made a long snake”, “Where is your snake going?”. The longer children stay in a conversation the more language practice and feedback they get.
Add glitter, popsticks, match sticks, foliage and other items you can find around the home to make the playdough more interesting.
Pay special attention to safety when using hot water
Homemade playdough is safe to eat although discourage children from consuming large quantities.
Across the ages
- 1 cup salt
- 2 cups plain flour
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 3 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 2 cups boiling water
- colour if required
- Combine ingredients (except water) in a bowl.
- Pour the boiling water and stir.
- Knead lightly on table top.
- This will store in an airtight container in the fridge for months.
Activities listed under “toddler” are suitable for children aged 1-3 years. Toddlers enjoy activities that include exploring their environment and finding out how things work.