Nothing beats good old-fashioned playdough for small-child entertainment value.
Just for a change, I thought I’d mix things up a bit and make multi-coloured playdough so we could create our very own “ice-cream shoppe.”
First we made the dough…
Then we split it into four balls and added a few drops of food colouring to each.
Doesn’t it just look good enough to eat?
Then I rounded up a few special tools to help make our “ice-creams”. We have these cool playdough plungers that squeeze out playdough in all different shapes – spaghetti noodles, flowers, triangles and more. But if you don’t have anything like that at home, all you really need is a garlic press. A garlic press makes great spaghetti or soft-serve ice-cream!
I also gathered up some sundae bowls, patty-pans and some glass pebbles to use as decoration.
Let the fun begin!
Making soft serve “ice-cream”…
Conclusion: much fun was had by all. Having a rainbow of colours to play with was a big hit. And because we made our own playdough, it didn’t matter that the colours got all mixed up.
Here was our rainbow playdough at the end…
Plus: Amazing how selecting a few different tools and dishes can put a whole new spin on the playdough experience. The boys loved this activity and have been asking to play with their “rainbow playdough” ever since.
Minus: This batch of dough will probably only be good for one or two more runs before the colours get really muddy. But, it’s super quick and cheap to whip up another batch.
Your turn. Do you have any fun ideas for using playdough?