A tactile wholegrain playdough recipe using wholemeal brown flour and wheat. If you love bakeries andthe
smell of raw dough, this delicious idea is definitely for you! It's notedible,
rolls beautifully and is made from a variety of ingredients that, aside from
the ears of wheat, can most likely be gathered from the kitchen food cupboard.
A bunch of dried grain stalks can be easily sourced online or, maybe you
have a local cereal crop owner happy to donate a handful of ears to the cause
of early learning! For the young doughy sculpters there are a few printables
activity sheets that help with counting, colouring and playdough shaping
|To Make, place the brown wholemeal brown flour, salt, water,oil
and cream of tartar in a saucepan and cook over a moderate heat, stir continuously
until the mixture comes together to form a ball. Turn this out and allow
the mound to cool a little before kneading it into a smooth, soft textured
dough.The elastic consistency will continue to improve the more it's played
with, one of the awesome things about handmade playdough! Store in an airtight
'Help develop toddler's fine motor skills by placing a range
of malleable materials in a basin' Play and Learning in the Early Years p41 Jennie
Lindon, Alice Sharp
For children to enjoy the first hand experience of dough making, provide
the resources for them to make their own. It won't keep as long as cooked
versions but the learning this activity involves offers a great many opportunities
to discover material properties, what wet and dry ingredients look like,how
they smell, feel and move, and what happens when they're mixed together.
If the entire process concludes, there's additional possibilities held in
the doughy outcome!
|Quantities recipe ingredients
150gm whole wheat brown flour
2 tbs cream of tartar (optional)
'loose parts' to decorate the surface and body of the cooked dough
ears of wheat or corn (green in July, golden in october)
Tools: rolling pins, scissors and cutters
|Empty laminated pouches make
great tracing sheets. Attach them ontop of the chosen picture using paperclips
and write on the surface using chalk pens. Remove when ready and fill with pieces of
|Wheat grain counting and shapes practice
adding with small ballsof playdough and numbers up to 10. On the shapes sheet,
roll out ropes of dough and form them using the words as labels.
| An alternative
to buying or requesting wheat stems is to grow your own! Ours grew naturally, albeit somewhat
wildly in a tub at the bottom of the outdoor garden surrounded by tall unfettered
grass and yellow toadflax. Perfect seeds to include in your meadow area or verge side spring
|wheat, barley, oat or rye seeds
July the heads are currently green, perfect for picking so that come August
when they've ripened into their familiar gold, there'll be a nice colour
contrast to explore.
Once you have everything ready, use the ears to decorate and surface print.This
can be made more interesting by using rolling pins. Arrange the ears as wished
and then press down firmly to cause an indentation, flattening with a roller
acheives deeper, detailed imprints. Lift the stalks gently to see the positive
and negative space created by the new impressions.
selection of seeds, we had bird feed and rolled oats to hand, but sunflower,corn
and poppy seeds all make excellent 'loose parts' that children can scatter and sprinkle
across the table and dough's, adding a different dimension to'bread'
making, sculpting and modelling activities.
Spices and herbs expand these sensory experiences, altering the earthy raw
dough aroma with a dusting of your favourite scent, one or other of cinnamon,saffron,
vanilla or rosemary, sage, thyme.
Educationally, this recipe provides opportunities for children to discover
where flour comes from, how they're ground and the way grains differ in terms
of our body health and well-being. Look at the benefits of wholemeal foods-
When included in roleplay a bakery appears! supporting children's social
skills and language development as they bake, display, describe and sell
Physically, playdough remains an outstanding medium for exercising finemotor
skills, coordination and helping the dexterity of hands, fingers, wrists,
and arms. Important factors for young children's pre-writing ability as the
malleable compound is plaited, pummeled, rolled, shaped and cut to reflect
the ideas of the artist.
Nicholson and the theory of loose parts, article on LouisaPenfold.com
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