What you will do
1. Wash your hands and prepare a flat clean surface
2. Put on an apron to protect your clothing
3. Weigh out all of the ingredients
4. Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl.
5. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.
6. Slowly pour the coloured water into the flour mixture stirring together with your hands or with a spoon
7. Squeeze and roll the dough in your hands or on the table to make a smooth, pliable dough.
8. If you want a more intense colour you can add a few extra drops of food colouring.
9. You can now use the playdough to form different shapes, and different sizes
10. Try different actions with your hands, rolling, squeezing, pushing, sliding
11. If you have pastry or playdough cutters you can use these as well
12. Use the playdough to model different things, a pet perhaps or a car
Make sure the surface you use cannot be stained by the food colouring – a kitchen surface is best. It is better to wear old clothing that you don’t mind getting messy. Give yourself plenty of time so that you are not rushed and can get the most out of your activity.
Extend this activity by mixing different food colourings together. What happens when you do this? Make different coloured playdough and use to form a multi-coloured model.
Tips for parents
Do support your child in this activity but encourage their independence. Can they weigh out their own ingredients perhaps, take the time to absorb the different sensations each ingredient presents. Use descriptive language to explore what is happening as the ingredients and colours combine.
There are links here to other domains of learning such as cognition, literacy through developing language, talking for a purpose, maths through weighing and measuring and the use of mathematical language.