It’s Thrifty Thursday again (I have no idea where the last week went) and today’s post is packed full of fun messy play activities to keep the little ‘uns busy. I used to be a reception teacher and now work part-time as a pre-school teacher, so I’m no stranger to mess. Without a doubt, the best messy (or malleable as it’s known in educational circles) play uses everyday items which are usually cheap as chips. Could even be chips. Now there’s an idea…
Anyway, here’s my list:
Play dough (cooked) – cook the following in a large pan over a low heat, stirring continuously: 2 cups plain flour, 1 cup salt, 2 tbsp cooking oil, 2tsp cream of tartar, food colouring, 2 cups water. Remove from the heat when the mixture comes away from the sides of the pan. You could add glitter or dried pulses or whatever you like if you want to add texture.
Old fashioned soap flakes
Shaving foam – make sure it’s fragrance free and designed for sensitive skin. Wash off after play.
Dried and/or cooked pasta – spaghetti’s great, especially if you add a little oil and food colouring
Cornflour mixed with water – fantastic fun to see how it solidifies and then liquifies.
Tinned baked beans (no really) – never done this one myself, but know colleagues who have
Ice cubes – particularly good on a hot day. Why not make an arctic role play game with polar bears and penguins too?
Potting compost – bury plastic insects for digging out purposes.
Sand mousse – basically sand, food colour and washing up liquid whisked up together
Now, unless you’re really laid back (sadly I don’t fall into this category), you may want to do some of these activities either outdoors or on a big plastic sheet!
Anyway, before you go off and start a batch of play dough, why not link up your own Thrifty Thursday blog post? Thrift power!