Claymation

The Bean has really started to get into play dough a lot recently when we have been at other people’s places, playgroup and at kids church. So This morning I thought that it was about time I made some for him. But Alas! No Flour! What to do?

I did have some cornflour though, so I googled cornflour play dough and came up with this gem: http://www.grandpapencil.net/activity/cornclay.htm

This recipe is so good on so many levels. It requires only 4 ingredients, takes minutes to make and another huge plus is that you can bake or dry it to make fun decorations for presents or to hang on the Christmas tree. It has a lovely smooth texture as well, so It might become my new favourite play dough recipe for a while!

Tomorrow is forecast as a rainy day, so we might bake a few of the shapes to make into  gift tags for Father’s day and for a few birthdays coming up. I will add the photo when they are finished 🙂

Gluten-free gogh dough

Well, in my last post, I promised a recipe for gluten-free play dough. The bean is not a coeliac but has a few little friends who have this issue. So here is a special play dough just for them so they won’t miss out on the fun. gluten-free play dough recipe. This website is great and is one of my favourites.

I found that it was just as easy to make and a had really nice soft texture as well ( Not that the Bean noticed!).

Gogh Dough

Ahh, what would children’s art and craft be without good ole play dough? I have many fond memories playing with the stuff my Mum used to make for me, so I thought i would give it a shot with the Bean. Now I know many people will say, ‘oh but babies are too young for play dough!’, but for me, i believe it’s about your expectation of how they will use it. Some kids love it, others couldn’t be bothered with it. In introducing play dough to the Bean I just wanted him to use it as a sensory experience.

So i got out the recipe that my Mum used and realised ‘ oh no! I don’t have any cream of tartar!” For those who don’t know what this is, it is the common name for potassium hydrogen tartrate, an acid salt that has a number of uses in cooking. It is usually used to stabilise egg whites and desserts and is obtained from the wine making process. You can find it in the baking aisle at any supermarket.  Anyway, back to my dilemma. It was pouring with rain so i didn’t really want to go to the shops. After a little research on the internet, i came across a recipe at natural parenting tips. It was great as i always have the ingredients and it took about 10 minutes to make. However if you want, go to my Mum’s microwave recipe. Most boxes of cream of tartar also come with a recipe on the back. In my next post i will be featuring a gluten-free recipe for play dough.

So after the Bean had his nap I got it out and placed it on his little table. As I said before, i wanted it to be a sensory experience and sure enough, the first thing that all babies do is taste it. The look on his face was priceless! He then chucked some on the floor and was quite pleased with the sound it made so did it again. After that he squished it a few times before handing it to me, as if to say ‘ well, what are you supposed to do with this stuff?‘ So i started to push some clothes pegs into a big ball of dough and he thought this was hilarious and spent about 5 minutes taking the pegs out and then pushing them in again. So all in all, it was fun and hopefully when i pull it out again the Bean will remember the first time and will continue to explore the wonderful properties of dough.

Quick note: you can store the dough in a plastic container with a lid or a zip lock bag in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Also to get out food dye stains on hands, mix lemon juice with soap 🙂