Making play dough at home with your kids is a fantastic, low cost activity that will keep them entertained for hours.
All you need to make your own play dough are the following –
- ½ cup salt
- ? cup water
- 1 cup flour
- Food dye (the more colours the better – let those kids get creative)
Find a work space, this could be the floor, and cover it with newspaper or plastic sheeting.
Place the salt, water and flour into a medium mixing bowl and mix together until dough starts to form. You may need to add some more water if the mixture is too dry or flour if too sticky.
Add a few drops of food colouring to the dough and start kneading. Keep doing this until the colour is even throughout the dough. You can also add some more dye if you are not happy with the colour.
Involve your children in choosing a recipe, shopping for the ingredients, creating a menu, making the food, laying the table and finally eating it. Remember to leave plenty of time!
- If your children are really young then help them to make something simple like an easy biscuit recipe or a fresh fruit salad.
- Once the food has been prepared take some photos – these can be used in future menus for your children’s restaurant business.
- Pretend that your children are not only the restaurant’s chefs but also the waiters. Have them take your drinks orders and read you the daily specials.
- 100g/4oz mature grated cheese
- 100g/4oz plain flour
- 100g/ 4oz soft butter
Mix all the ingredients together to form the dough. If it’s too dry and not sticking add a little water.
Roll out on a floured surface to about 1/2 cm deep and using any small shaped cutter, cut out different shapes.
Bake in the oven 180°C/Gas 4 for about 10 minutes until golden in colour.
Cool on a wire rack.
Banana Fairy Cakes
- 2 eggs
- 100g/4oz self raising flour
- 100g/4oz butter/margarine
- 100g/4oz soft brown sugar
- 1 Banana that has started to bruise
Set oven to 200°C/Gas 6 and line a bun tin with cupcake cases.
Put all the ingredients into a food processor or mix by hand.
If mixing by hand, start with the butter and sugar and then gradually add the rest of the ingredients until the mixture feels light and airy.
Put a generous portion of the mixture into each of the cupcake cases.
Pop into oven for between 12-20 minutes. You can check to see if they are ready by inserting a toothpick – if it comes out clean then they are ready.
- 3 - 4 medium potatoes
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 100g sliced mushrooms
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes (or chopped fresh tomatoes)
- Black pepper
Peel and slice the potatoes and boil for about 8 mins ... drain well.
Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan. Add potatoes and fry for another 8 mins until brown. Add chopped garlic and pepper, stir for 3 mins.
Stir in sliced mushrooms and chopped tomatoes and cook for another 5 mins.