Playdough is a great way to work on fine motor skill development and something we have out in nursery every day. The children are always involved in making it which is a great opportunity for conversation, weighing and measuring are great for early numeracy development too!
Have a go at making your own playdough at home, you can add colour or different scents to it too! We were using dried out oranges, cinnamon sticks and ginger in our playdough just before we broke up!
few drops glycerine (my secret ingredient for stretch and shine!)
Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
Add food colouring to the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
Add the glycerine (optional)
Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right
These banana pancakes from BBC recipes are really easy to make and they do not have any added sugar apart from the natural sugar in the bananas. They make a delicious snack and are fun to make with the children.
* Pour 350g self-raising flour into a large bowl with 1 tsp baking powder, then mix.
* Add 85g butter, then rub in with your fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs then stir in 3 tbsp caster sugar.
* Put 175ml milk into a jug and heat in the microwave for about 30 secs until warm, but not hot.
* Add 1 tsp vanilla extract then set aside for a moment.
* Put a baking tray in the oven.
* Make a well in the dry mix, then add the liquid and combine it quickly with a cutlery knife – it will seem pretty wet at first.
* Scatter some flour onto the work surface and tip the dough out. Sprinkle the dough and your hands with a little more flour, then fold the dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother. Pat into a round about 4cm deep.
* Take a 5cm cutter and dip it into some flour. Plunge into the dough, then repeat until you have used all the dough.
* Brush the tops with a beaten egg, then carefully place onto the hot baking tray.
* Bake for 10 mins until risen and golden on the top. Eat
warm or cold with a topping of your choice or just plain!