Home made playdough

Fun science experiments for kids

One way to boost your kids creativity is to let them play around with dough. It is really easy and does not cost so much. They will definetly have a lot of fun! This opens up a lot of possiblities to ask questions, have some great dialogues with your kids, wonder and explore new ideas. All that science is all about.

Let your kid create the dough. You will need:

  • 4 dl (1,6 cups) of wheat flour
  • 2 dl (0,8 cups) of salt
  • 2 dl (0,8 cups) of water
  • 2 tablespoons of rapeseed oil
  • Optional: household color and hobby colors

Mix the flour, salt, water and oil to a smooth dough. Just add a little more water if the dough gets too dry, or a little more flour if the dough gets too wet. Then you can color the dough with household color if you like.

Let the fun begin! Form the dough into optional shapes. For more durable shapes, bake them in the middle of the oven for 2-4 hours at 100 °C (212 °F) until they are completely dry (the time varies depending on the size and thickness of the figures). Let cool. Paint the figures with hobby colors.

This is whay my son created yesterday:

 

Playdough Monsters

Marika

2 comments

This kind of totally creative play is terrific as a creative outlet for young minds, and I see less and less of it in these times of electronic media dominance. Thanks for the suggestion and the guide so the child can be creative and gain confidence as a maker. I’m glad your son had this opportunity to express his artistic ability and creativity, and I definitely will try this out on my grandkids!

I agree, it is good for everyone to go offline sometimes. Kids are creative by nature. I think if we always put them in front of a screen we “kill” some of that creativity, because there is no need to think for themselves. I feel that is a big responsiblity for me as a parent to show my kids all the different ways to learn stuff.

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