homemade plasticine

Wny should I make my own plasticine when I can buy that stuff from the store?

I already know the answer to that question – because it’s soft and it feels like non-sticky dough. It’s colorful and there’s plenty of it, even enough for two kids. It only takes 5 minutes to make. You don’t have to wait. The play may start immediately. Spaghetti, cookie cutters, drinking straws – we included all those things in the making of cakes, trees and snowmen.

dp45What we needed:

  • 1 cup flour,
  • 1/4 cup salt,
  • 2 sachets cream of tartar,
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil,
  • 1 cup of water (you can add some food coloring here).

Put everything on low heat and stir until the mixture thickens. Sprinkle with more flour until it gets off the pot, then knead to a dough. Add flour gradually until the dough stops sticking to your hands and starts feeling like real plasticine (just softer). Keep it in a box or a plastic bag to stop it from drying. I don’t know how long it will keep – we’ve been playing with it for a week.

handPlaying with plasticine is beneficial for the development of fine motor skills in children. Dexterity is closely related to the development of speech and cognitive skills. 

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