C has been practicing her “star” these days, whether is it doing the action to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or recognizing star shapes everywhere. She goes “star! Star! STAR!!” each time we cross the void deck.
We have a galaxy dough, blue dough for the blue sky, yellow dough for the stars, and a few other star shaped items like cookie cutters, silicon holders, buttons, sequins and beads. Basically an overdose of stars!
We modified the recipe from my favourite no cook play dough recipe and coloured the galaxy dough using charcoal powder, the same ones used for baking. I omitted glycerine because I couldn’t find it at the local mart and have yet to find time to visit the local baking wholesale shop.
To make one galaxy dough, you will need:
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon charcoal powder
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup hot boiling water
- Lots of star glitter/sequins
- Place all of the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Add the oil into the boiling water. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients.
- Mix the mixture with a wooden spoon.
- The dough may seem too sticky. Refrain from adding more flour and leave it to cool.
- Knead in the glitters until the dough is fully cooled, smooth and soft.
We also taught her a rhyme in Hakka that is about flattening the dough and rolling it into a ball:
tup tup tup
no no no
We skipped the last line because we didn’t want C to be eating the doughs!
C has since picked up a series of new words that she could verbalise or demonstrate, like put here, big, small, yellow, blue, knead, roll etc. I am even more convinced on the power of learning through play! C usually plays with what interests her at the moment. For instance she was attracted to the sequins the first time and then showed interest in the beads during the second play. She has also figured out sorting on her own *proud mama moment!!* C is also particularly neat and tidy and clean, probably taking after her daddy because I am the messy one. I am not complaining because it makes cleaning up a lot easier as she packs up after she plays. Well most of the time.