Making play dough with kids is fun but making a ‘FROZEN’ themed play dough is even better!!
Any kind of baking or cooking with kids is a science experiment. Whether it’s baking in the oven, melting in the microwave or cooking in the thermomix. Mixing solids and liquids to combine to make play dough builds critical thinking skills.
I have made a lot of play dough… I mean a lot. It’s something we make every few months and ours lasts at least a month. I’m going to share with you the best recipe for play dough that I make. We always make a large amount. I don’t know about you but not enough play dough leads to fighting. I make a large amount enough for 2. It can be divided up into 4 children but you won’t get a month of use out of it.
Thermomix Play Dough Recipe
- 220g salt
- 500g water
- 2 tbs cream of tartar
- 500g plain flour
- 2 tbs oil
- Blue food colouring
- Vanilla essense (optional)
- Mermaid magic/bubble gum flavouring (optional)
- Play decorations
- Put the salt into the thermomix for 10 seconds on speed 10. It crushes the salt finely so the play dough isn’t grainy. Use a small spatula and scrap down the inside of the thermomix.
- Place the water and cream of tartar into the thermomix for 5 minutes, on 60 degrees on speed 3. When it’s finished leave it to cool for a few minutes.
- Combine the oil and plain flour into the thermomix. Mix for 1 minute on speed 4. Make sure to check if it’s all combined. Sometimes it needs another 10 seconds.
- Separate the play dough into 5 same-sized balls, either into bowls or a stone bench top. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
You can mix the tone of whites and blue colouring any way you like but this is how I allocated the amount of blue food colouring per ball of play dough:
- Vanilla essence & dark blue glitter. No food colouring for snow white colour.
- Bubble gum flavouring, half a cap of blue food colour and blue sequins. This is a neutral soft baby blue.
- Mermaid Magic flavouring with a full cap of blue food colouring, no glitter or sequins. It’s the only block colour play dough.
- Silver glitter and 2 full caps of blue food colouring; and
- Silver sequins and 3-4 cap fulls of blue food colouring.
This recipe makes roughly a kilogram of play dough.
Usually, I leave the play dough playing to my daughter to make whatever she feels like. However, it’s good to model how to pinch, make balls of play dough and roll it into a snake. These fine motor skills help with pincer grip for pre-writing skills.
Build language skills like descriptive words or verbs during play and repeat them three times. For example: “squishy, squishy, squishy” or “pinch, pinch, pinch.” This rehearsal is a form of encoding for long-term sensory memory.
The FROZEN theme was so much fun for my Elsa fan! I hope your little one gets lots of enjoyment out of this activity too.
Written By Sarah Courtney.