Thursday, 9 October 2014

Homemade Herby Play Dough

I haven't made play dough in what feels like ages but now the weather is cooling off we are back to doing lots of indoor activities again.

This homemade herby play dough is nice and natural and smells amazing! 
I have grown Oregano and Basil from seed in the kitchen with Seb to use in cooking and after seeing a few natural play doughs online I thought we could use some of ours in a dough. I usually make bright dough so this was a bit of a change for us.

We made the dough with 1 cup plain flour, 1/2 cup of salt, 1 tbsp cream of tartar and 1 tbsp oil mixed together in a bowl.  Then I gradually added 1/2 cup of boiling water until a dough formed. Then I added the fresh herbs plus a sprinkling of dried mixed herbs and kneaded until the dough lost it's sticky feeling and the herbs were mixed through. 
I set it out with the usual cutters and rolling pin and added some food picks, cake cases and a bowl of sunflower seeds and pasta.

I encouraged the boys to smell the dough(it really does smell lovely) and to think what they could make with it. As well as rolling and cutting shapes,  Seb made pizzas and cakes with pasta and seeds on top and we pretended to cook them in the oven, counting down from 20 and beeping when they were 'cooked'(good maths practice!)
Alex imitated his brother, making cakes for the oven this is the first time he really engaged with the dough, he was really concentrating and he didn't try to eat it at all.

We spent over an hour playing and Seb came back to it later in the day while Alex napped. I am definitely going to make some more natural doughs.

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