Development through play
Another really interesting topic discussed at one of the Pregnancy and Parenting Network get togethers was development through play. Play is so important, not only is it fun it is a child's way to learn about the world about them. Play helps develop physical, cognitive, emotional and social skills. A lot of our discussion focused on using materials available in your home and the value of simple toys that encourage creativity. I promised to post a few craft recipes . I'd love to hear your thoughts on play and any recipes you'd like to share.
1/2 cup white glue
6 Tbsp. water
1-4 tsp. Borax
1-4 Tbsp. water
Mix the glue, 6 tablespoons water and food colouring until it is dissolved. In a separate bowl, dissolve 1 teaspoon borax into 1 tablespoon water. Add to the glue solution. You will get a very thick clump of slime when the two mix. Pull the clump of slime out of the glue mixture and put it in a separate bowl.
Mix another batch of the borax solution and add to the remaining glue mixture. Repeat until all the glue mixture is used (about 3-4 times). With clean hands, knead the slime to mix. This will take about 10 minutes and is not very difficult as the slime easily separates between your fingers. If a looser, more slimy texture, is desired knead in a bit more water. The more water you add, the slimier it gets. The slime doesn't leave a residue and doesn't get stuck on anything.
2 cups of flour 4 tbsps cream of tartar
1 cup salt 2 tbsps of cooking oil
food colouring 2 cups of water
Mix all the ingredients together in a large saucepan and stir over a medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until the mixture congeals. You can split the playdough up into smaller quantities after it is cooked and add different colours for even more fun.