Playdough and potions...

…mixing playdough (uncooked) and adding fresh herbs, some of which the children cut from the garden (mint and chives).  Children might stay at this activity for an hour, chopping, cutting, stirring, rolling and mixing.

 We followed this up with a session of making ‘potions’ using coloured water, herbs, mixed spice and confetti.  The children used mortar and pestle sets, scissors, spoons, pots, jugs and bottles.  This encouraged concentration and deep involvement, together with the opportunity to practise pouring and cutting skills.


·         Make playdough – see the recipee below which includes recipes for uncooked and cooked dough.  Cooked playdough can last for months if kept in an airtight container.  Use with whatever you have at home – knife, pastry cutters, shells, garlic press.

·         Make potions or mud pies outside in the garden – use anything you have to hand, eg, old basin, wooden spoon, plastic jug.  Add soil, water, mud, flower petals etc.



2 cups flour (SR or plain)                    4 tsp cream of tartar

1 cup salt                                            2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 cups water                                                food colour

Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan.  Cook over a low heat, stirring all the time.  As soon as the dough begins to come away from the sides of the pan, it is ready.  Wait until it is cool enough to use as it can be very hot in the middle.

SR flour will make stretchier dough.

This will keep for some time in an airtight Tupperware or plastic bag.



2 cups plain flour (SR can react in uncooked dough)

1 cup salt

Food colour or paint

Water to mix

Mix dry ingredients and colour/paint together.  Add water until mixture reaches a suitable dough texture.

This will not keep – only good for a few days at most.  Will probably need to use extra flour when rolling etc.


(Note: Untested recipe!)

1 cup salt                                            2 cups flour

2 tsp cream of tartar                         1 tbsp cooking oil

1 cup water with food colouring added

Combine all ingredients.  Microwave on defrost: 3 mins then rest, 3 mins then rest, 3 mins then rest.  Knead well.  Will keep well in an airtight container.



Mix cornflour and water together until you have a dropping consistency.  Food colour can be added for extra interest.  This has an amazing texture that has to be touched to be believed.


·         Help your child think of a name for their pebble pet.

·         If you can find a copy of the Alfie and Annie Storybook by Shirley Hughes, then read about ‘Bonting’ who is Alfie’s pet pebble.

 …adding to the Friends and Families from Around the World display which is just inside the playroom door.  Please take time to stop and look at the display which is slowly growing. 


·         Do you have anything you could bring in from home to add to the display?  Perhaps you have friends or family who live abroad and you could bring in a photo or two.

·         Use Google Earth to look up at your house, the school and other places you know.

…playing Kim’s Game using objects beginning with the same sound (s, f or c).


·         Play Kim’s Game at home.  Place about 6 objects on a tray, cover with a cloth and take one away.  Now, the other person has to guess what is missing.  We find the children love having a turn to take one away and make the adult guess.