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A salt dough recipe for little ones

I’ve been trying to think more and more about how Quentin and I spend our days. We’ve got things and activities in the diary that we do each week but when we’re at home I generally hope Quentin will entertain himself so I can get on with my to-do-list. But with winter here and us spending more time at home I’m trying to plan ways we can intentionally and joyfully spend time together. Me, actually taking the time to connect and play with him and him, getting some quality one on one time with his mama.

I decided to make this simple salt dough recipe for us to play around with on rainy days. It’s great for little ones to get their pudgy hands stuck into and experiment with making shapes, imprinting and stretching. Plus it’s completely natural and made with things in your baking cupboard so it doesn’t matter if a little bit gets consumed, which inevitably it will.

At the moment Quentin is too young (just 1 year old) to actually do any modelling so he just plays around with it. However I also decided to cut up some paper straws for him to stick in the dough and then take out and place in a little bowl. He currently loves moving and sorting things so this activity is ideal for him. It’s great for his coordination and he quickly grasped that the aim was to put the straws in the bowl and not drop them randomly on the table.

If your little one is a bit older they’ll enjoy using cookie cutters and other objects to make shapes or create models. You can also get them involved in making the salt dough in the kitchen, measuring, mixing and stirring.

What you’ll need

* 1 cup white flour

* 1/2 cup of salt

* 1 cup of water

* 1 tablespoon of oil

* 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar (approx. 2 of the small packets you get in the supermarket)

* food colouring of your choice (I change the colour depending on the season)

What you need to do

* Mix all the ingredients together in a pan over the stove on a low heat

* Keep stirring until the mixture thickens, comes away at the edges and you can’t stir anymore

* Leave to cool until you can comfortably handle it and then knead for a bit

* Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months and enjoy!

We’re loving playing with this in our home at the moment. I’d love to hear more ideas for using dough to play with little ones.

Rebecca X

Rebecca

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