It seems to me lately with my toddler that I spend a lot of time cleaning up or preventing messes. I know from reading I did when my son was little that messy play is good for children.
In an effort to remain in control I am always on the lookout for creative , messy activities that I can contain. I find cooking and baking seem to engage all of my child’s senses and is also manageable.
But the cooking play doesn’t have to be in the kitchen! I set up a ‘kitchen’ area outdoors on sunny days. She can spill juice and fling flour all over and it’s no big deal. if the weather is bad, I set her up in the bathtub. She loves it! And learns a lot too.
This is one of our favorite play dough recipes. It smells great but is not sweet enough for her to want to eat.
Chocolate Play Dough
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 cup boiling water
Combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, and cream of tartar. Add cooking oil and boiling water. Stir quickly and mix well. Cook over low heat until dough forms a ball. When cool, knead with hands. Refrigerate and store in an airtight container.
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Article By Nuria Almeida
Picture By Joelk75