As a family our favourite thing is messy play. The kids love to get down and dirty and make a mess. I think every type of play is important for children and a good balance is always needed. Children can learn more than you think from simple activities, that most the time you have around the home. My children have had some much fun with the simple things like a can of shaving foam or making new things out of boxes. Taking a step back and watching my children use there imagination for me is one of the highlights of play. Keeping children entertained doesn't have to cost much and you will find its the stuff that costs pennies will keep them busy than a £50 toy for half an hour.
This week we decided on making chocolate scented Playdough, along with making cupcakes out of it. The kids used sprinkles, candles & cake cases. We used 4/5 senses for this activity which I think is pretty impressive, learnt about scent, large and small, colours and shapes. All from playing with Playdough.
What you will need :
1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of drinking chocolate ( I used the cheap 56p Asda value)
1cup of salt
1 tablespoon of oil
1 cup of water
2 spoons of cream of tartar
Add it in all in a saucepan and put on a low heat until It goes gooey and doughy. Once it goes like that take it out ( watch its not too hot) and kneed for a few minutes in to a ball with a bit of extra flour.
Add in to the centre a selection of sprinkles, candles and cake cakes, so children can make cupcakes with sprinkles. Due to the sprinkles getting in the Playdough you may have to throw away after use.
I hope you have enjoyed my activity, this is my entry to the #ToyellaChristmas Blogger Competition.