Rainbow playdough invitation to play
One of our favourite parts of the week is invitation to play and create. I endeavour to set up an inviation at least once per week, although some weeks slip by without the time!! It’s safe to say that when it comes to tactile play experiences, play dough is up there in the top five things our girls adore. They regularly enquire if I’ll be making some playdough today and get exctied every time that answer is … OK! YES! Then there’s the usual flurry of excitment as to what colours they can choose….. or sometimes I like to surprise them.
I have this amazingly easy playdough recipe. Honestly, it’s a fail safe go to every time; I’ve passed it on to many a friend after they tell me that homemade play dough has never been a success for them. Once they try this recipe, they can’t believe how they struggled before! More on that recipe below.
I don’t normally go to this much effort with such an array of colours, but making rainbow play dough has been one of the top requests from our youngest since she could learn to decipher her own mind. This day, in the spirit of all things St. Patricks, I gave in. So I doubled my recipe to make one large batch of play dough then split it before adding the different colours.
MY PLAY DOUGH RECIPE
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup salt
2 - 3 Tbs Oil (olive oil or coconut oil are my go to choices)
3/4 - 1 cup warm water
a few drops of food dye
*This makes one batch. In this inviation I doubled the recipe.
Add the flour, salt and oil to a bowl and mix. Next add a few drops of food dye to the warm water. Slowly add this to the flour mixture until a soft dough is formed. If you add too much and the dough becomes sticky, simply add more flour.
** Here I added the colour after splitting the dough into 7 equal sized portions. It was a bit more difficult to work the colour through the dough this way but meant I didn’t end up making an enormous batch.
I laid out the dough, some orange dyed rice, green glitter stars and some gold coins onto our dining table. Normally I would set such ‘messy’ play invitations up in a tray but on this occassion I didn’t, but to be honest not that much ended up on the floor; and we’re lucky to have hard floors which are easy to sweep.
There were rainbows and stars being made. We played with rolling out each colour in a worm shape to make our rainbows, then rolling them with a pin to create a rainbow marbled effect which we cut a star shape from. Then we built a tower of rainbow playdough pebbles. The rice was used as ‘rain’ and the coins placed at the end of the rainbow, because of course there is a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow.