We love play dough and it is great packed up in a little container with other items to take on trips and holidays for entertaining the kids. We take ours on long journeys in the car, on the plane and in the caravan.
You will need:
- Play dough (bought or own made – see below)
- Hessian draw string bag or little lunch box with compartments
- Small flat chopping board or peace of wood to rest on
- Mini rolling pin
- Small world play items:
- Pirates, shells, Treasure, Dinosaurs, mini trees, Stones, Cars, Mini Construction vehicles, Fish, Magnetic numbers and letters, Small wooden peg people, pattern rollers and cookie cutters
I will quite often just grab whatever comes to hand quickly. So it may either be themed or just a random selection chucked in!
Making your own play dough
Play dough is really simple to make and children love the process. Measuring and mixing – so much more fun when you make your own. Simply mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl – store in an air tight container. We make our dough in a tuff tray to contain all the mess!
- 2 Cups of Flour.
- 2 Tbsp of Oil (any oil will do, coconut oil, vegetable oil, even olive oil)
- 1/2 Cup of Salt.
- 2 Tbsp Cream of Tartar.
- 1 1/2 Cup Boiling Water.
- Food Coloring (Optional) – add to the water
Add food colouring and or other sensory elements such as aromas, lavender and lavender oil scents, coconut, dried rose petals.
Patterned Rollers available from Yellow Door.
Here are just a few of our play dough activities recently
This Dinosaur is one that I have in a hessian bag – a pot of play dough, mini dinosaurs, pebbles and dino cookie cutters.
Use shapes to cut out and decorate or frame your dough. These wooden shapes are from Learn Well via Tinker Tray Play. We have a range of cutters and little mdf wooden shapes to use – they work really well for printing into the dough.
Below is another example of a selection in a hessian bag; dough, roller, cookie cutter, shells and pebbles.
Photos – more in car – travelling
We also take an etch a sketch with us on car journeys as they are always a hit with children young and old. Draw on it and magically wipe it off – play noughts and crosses, dot to dot, hang man.