Wednesday is #EYshare day! If you’re a twitter user, I hope you’ll pop along this evening at 8pm to join us for a friendly chat before we finish for Christmas.
And on that note – on to today’s Advent Activity:
Make some festive fun Playdough
Playdough is wonderful fun. It allows children to be creative, making and modelling whatever their heart desires. It’s also fabulous for developing those fine motor skills that are so important for developing pencil grasp and those other really important abilities.
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of salt
- splash of oil
- 1/2 cup of warm water
- food colourings (I suggest red and green as these are very Christmassy colours)
- Peppermint essence OR Christmas spices (ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon…)
- OPTIONAL: glitter
- OPTIONAL: sequins
- Playdough tools – cutters, rolling pins etc
What to do:
Mix together your flour and salt, and add your splash of oil
- Slowly add in your warm water as needed until the dough starts to come together
- Mix in your food colouring. If you want to make various doughs in different colours, just split the dough up into smaller balls and add the desired colour to each one.
- Mix in your seasonal smells.
- Keep kneeding until the dough feels fairly smooth, and it clings together but is not too sticky. You may need to add more water if it is crumbly, or more flour if it is sticky.
- OPTIONAL: sprinkle glitter all over the dough for added sparkle
This is a recipe that I have used before as it’s really simple and uses the least amount of ingredients – but I will admit now that I am not the best at making playdough! If you wish – there are tonnes of wonderful recipes online so feel free to take a look!
The sequins are fabulous for pressing into the dough (more fine motor and co-ordination skills here). If you roll your dough into a ball and then press your sequins into it, it can look like a festive bauble!
What else can you make? Send me your ideas or pictures on twitter @EarlyYearsIdeas!