Bryce is now four and half years old and we know that children that age are easily influenced by what they see around them. For the past week, he had been asking me if I could buy him clay (which he saw from his cousins and now he wants his own). I don’t like buying stuff that I know I can easily make. I bought him a couple of jars of Play Doh before but a week later, it was nowhere to be found, probably ended up in trash. What a waste of money!
So, I told him we will just make one and he can make it himself too. My reasons for doing this aside from me being cheap:
- I want him to be aware that not everything can be bought (I know it’s being cheap… No, being practical!).
- I want him to learn how simple toys, such as play dough, are made.
- It is one way to keep him off the computer.
- Fun play involves experimenting and discovery, thus promoting creativity. Computer games don’t have these benefits.
- Since Kenya’s exclusively breastfed, I get to spend less time with Bryce. So this is our chance to bond.
There are many methods for DIY play dough, but this one a no-cook version so Bryce can actually do it with minimal help from me. The dough will only last for 3-4 days though which is alright since I know Bryce will get tired of it after a day. It’s that easy! Mix the flour and salt first then add 1/2 cup of water, adding a bit more if necessary. Keep kneading until there are no more powdery lumps. I added half a teaspoon of vegetable oil, by the way, to make kneading a bit easier. Divide they clay into 4 or 5 equal pieces and put a drop or two of food coloring, adding more to make the colors brighter.
I used McCormick but our clay didn’t turn out as bright as I wanted it to be. We’ll try the other method next time. So far, Bryce is happy with his home-made clay. I think Kenya knew that we were doing some fun stuff because she kept screaming as if calling me to get her so she can join. Wish granted, although she didn’t look too happy in this picture. I guess she wanted to knead the clay herself. Few more months, Kenya. Few more months….
Yey, Bryce! The messier, the better. Just keep those clay bits off the rug and sofa.