Homemade Sparkly Blue Playdough – and 3 ways to play

This afternoon, after much nagging from my son, we made some blue, sparkly playdough.
He wanted pink for some reason but I got him to settle for the blue today- but not out of any desire to stereotype colours for girls or boys or anything like that!!

The recipe we used is really simple:
1 cup plain flour
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/4 cup salt
blue food colouring
boiling water
glycerine
blue glitter

We mixed the flour, oil, baking soda and salt together.

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Then we put the blue food colouring into a cup and added some of the water.
We added this to the dry mix a little at a time until we had a not too wet dough.
Finally we added a drop of glycerine for shine, and loads of blue glitter.

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Three ways to play:

1. use it to make a picture or scene.
We found the blue shimmery dough was great to form a sea for our paper boat, and a sky for our paper plane!
Great for learning to roll out the dough, make it flat and encourage imagination.

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2. Use it with an official “playdough” toy. We used the Elmo shape and spin to make different shapes.
We also made Elmo a hat, scarf and gloves!
Great for learning shapes!

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3. Make a model!
We started making a face, which Jack then decided should be the witch from the book Room on the Broom, which he had been studying and reading at nursery and at home this week. The face soon became a head, then arms and then an entire body!
Great for fine motor skills and learning body parts.

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