Day 5 was Play Dough Exploration. We have a lot of store bought play dough, but I decided, since my son loves to cook, that part of the fun would be making play dough. I have my own tried and true recipe (which I haven't made since I taught preschool, but it's sooooooo soft!), but since it involves a little longer in the kitchen, I decided to try the recipe Anna posted on The Imagination Tree site with her challenge (see the above link). If you desire a gluten-free recipe, check out my No Flour Play Dough. Anna's recipe was very quick. Next time, I'll have to try a bit less salt to see if I can get it softer. Even my regular recipe, I reduce the amount of salt by half. But I did love Anna's recipe for the speed factor. I've never made play dough so quickly!
Once the playdough was made, I set out a variety of items for my son and I to explore...
We had some pom pom balls, rocks, acorns, straws (different lengths), buttons, google eyes, and pipe cleaners.
for the mouth.
I asked Michael if he could share some play dough with me and this is what he gave me!
So I taught him about straw worms...
He experimented with the pipe cleaners and straws...
I showed him how pom pom balls make cool prints!
instead, he covered the dough with acorns and decided he was done playing. I packed up the dough into a ziploc but the items are still stuffed inside, even as I write.
I had to include this video. It's my son playing by pounding the acorns into the play dough. As he does he creates sound effects. I found it quite amusing.