Need a fun way to bring a theme to life? Add in a sensory activity like playdough to talk through play. Your child will learn so much more when their hands are moving during conversation and it opens to the door to more learning.
My momstown kids are big into the solar system right now, especially with summer bedtime hours being a bit later than usual, they have a chance to see the stars and moon in person! Lunar Jim is a favourite show on Kids' CBC that is themed around the Solar System and Lunar Jim’s home base of Moonaluna, the second-to-last moon on the edge of the Milky Way. The show, the night sky and our Galaxy Playdough all provide incredible platforms for teachable moments this summer.
Homemade playdough is so easy, quick to whip up and is not intimidating. Once you make it once you're do it over and over again! Try making up a batch while Lunar Jim is on and surprise your little ones with warm Galaxy Dough when it’s over. Kids can create mini stars, make models of Lunar Jim and his gang or maybe just roll it out the sparkly dough as a backdrop and use other colourful playdough to create the planets.
This is the same recipe as usual homemade playdough with the addition of black food colouring and sparkles. If you don’t have black on made, try mixing a variety of colours in the water to make a murky grey instead.
Recipe for Homemade Stovetop Playdough
• 1 cup water
• 1/2 cup salt
• 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
• Black food colouring if desired (add slowly to achieve desired tint)
• 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
• 1 cup flour (white - whole wheat makes lumpy gritty dough)
Combine water and food colouring to make the right colour.
Add coloured water, salt and cream of tartar in a saucepan.
Cook on low heat, stir with a wooden spoon. Stir in the oil, then the flour.
Keep stirring until the mixture starts looking dry and pulling away from the sides of the pan. Remove the pan from the heat at this point. Pinch a piece between two fingers. When it is not sticky, it is done.
Place the dough on the counter and knead until smooth. Careful, it's HOT!
If you choose to make a larger batch and want to colour a variety of shades, you can also add food colouring to the plain dough and mix it in. It has the potential to be messier but still does the trick.