Magic Playdough – sure, I made it up, but it. is. awesome.
Isla and I did this together yesterday afternoon and the look on her innocent little face was priceless. For a quick, fun, imagination-firing activity, I don’t know if this can be beat.
a batch of playdough (recipe here) MINUS the food colouring
a variety of food colouring in liquid form
1. Make the playdough up as normal, but hold off on adding the food colouring.
2. Once the dough is made, divide it up into 5-10 balls.
3. Using your finger, poke a hole in the centre of each of the balls, to create a well.
4. Put a few drops of food colouring into each of the balls.
5. Pinch the top of the balls closed, sealing the food colouring in.
6. Give the balls to your little ones, telling them that it’s magic playdough. You can tell them a “magic spell” to use which should bring the colour out of the dough, or you could tell them that if they make a wish and wish hard enough, magic colour will come out of their ball. Something along those lines anyway.
To further stretch the fun factor, you could also add things like glitter, or sparkly confetti stars and hearts to the centre too. So it becomes “magic treasure playdough” and a whole other sensory experience.
Isla was convinced that she was magic, “Magic, magic playdough, shooooooowww me your colours!!!” and spent the best part of an hour playing with it. That’s a success in my book!
**Just a note – this is a little bit messy. We ended up with food colouring all over our hands and the craft table. It’s not a big problem, but probably worth mentioning.**