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Play Dough Pizza & Fractions

Play Dough is hours of quiet fun. Kids love mixing different colored dough (as much as you tell them not to) and molding it into different shapes. Play dough is a good sensory play item and by kneading the dough, punching it and pinching children also develop motor skills. It definitely seems like a great item to have at home, but buying it from the market is expensive at times, especially if your kids play with it regularly, mix it all together and then start asking for new colors.

So, I found a way to make play dough at home. I found many recipes on the Internet, tried and tested a few, and finally found one that worked for me. So here it is. To make play dough at home, you need:

  • 2 cups flour (I used maida)
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar/vinegar (optional for improved elasticity)
  • Food color (if you want to be child-safe) or water color will do too
  1. Put all the ingredients in a bowl, mix them together and stir over low heat. The mixture will begin to thicken slowly.
  2. If it is sticky, continue cooking, until it leaves the sides.
  3. When the mixture pulls away from the side, remove it from the heat and leave it to cool until it reaches a temperature that is easy to handle.
  4. When its cooled down, knead it with your hands, until it appears smooth and shiny.
  5. Make small balls. Dig a hole in the center of each ball and a drop of color and knead it again to merge the color into the dough.

Hand it over to the kids and read a book or watch a movie, while they get busy in their play dough world 🙂

Or, you could make a pizza with them and teach them a little about fractions.

I asked Big A to make a pizza with the dough. After she made the base, I showed her how to slice it, and she made 8 parts. I explained to her that one small slice was called 1/8 part of the pizza, because it was one of the eight parts. Like wise I asked her to show me 2/8, 3/8 parts of the pizza. Then, came the fun part of putting toppings over the pizza. Both were creative in mixing up colors and crating funky toppings for the pizza.

While we were busy learning fractions, Little A used cookie cutters and made wonderful play dough art pieces.

Camera roll5When we ordered pizza the next time, Big A quickly opened the box to count the number of parts in the pizza, and told me how many parts she wanted to have :D. Who knew Math could be so much fun!

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