I’m not one of those messy play mums, I’ll be honest when the kids were really little we didn’t go to groups of any kind, and I certainly never entertained any of the playing with food, or messy play! Urg! not for me, if you like that, cool, but it’s not for me.
However since being Home Ed, and the twins only being six I want them to have all the fun they would have had in reception, I know they were in year one, but at this age they learn so much more through play than anything else.
I’m part a wonderful Home Ed group, who share cool things to do, and I came across this method for home made play dough, it’s so simple and you can make it in minutes. Getting the kids to measure the ingredients, teaches measurements / quantities, them reading out the method, is literacy, making the play dough is science, changing the properties from one state to another. Ticking off learning as you go and it’s fun!
This recipe was found via mother could
The kids absolutely loved making it, and have had over an hours fun with it, I handed them some cookie cutters, rolling pin, and various other bits and let them have at it.
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The whole process was easy enough for the kids to do themselves and also took a matter of minutes, one our first try it was a little sticky so we added a bit more flour and it turned out perfect.
We used gel food colouring for this, a little goes a long way and makes lovely bright colours.
Watching them play all morning with this, the conversations they’ve had between them has been incredible, it’s amazing to see how happy and content they are right now. Home Ed isn’t for everyone, but for us right now I’m really loving this journey with these guys, absolutely miss their big brother not being part of it, with him choosing to remain in school for the time being, maybe one day soon he’ll join us.