For anyone who doesn't know how to make your own child safe play dough at home, the recipe is as follows:
1 cup of water
1 cup of salt
2 cups of plain flour
1 table spoon of oil
food dye to colour.
Add all the ingredients together and knead until it forms a dough. To make mixing the colour easier, I put the food dye in the water. And there you have it, a child friendly dough. (I still wouldn't recommend eating it, as the salt makes it super salty, just ask Miss K)
Yup, she stuck it straight in her mouth. After half a bottle of juice to get the salt and flour out of her mouth, we set out to let her know that it can be OK to get your hands dirty. She was pretty resistant at first, and although she was happy to touch the dough, she would try to get any of it that stuck to her hands off as soon as she let go.
But once she saw that I was OK with having the goo all over my hands, she started to get into it and was really enjoying herself by the end....
...Let me try that again. She was really enjoying herself by the end...
OK so I guess we put the camera away before she started having fun, but trust me, she really did like it. She even decided to try playing with her noodles at dinner time, and they were much slimier.
So even though the battle is not completely won, we're one step closer to Miss K being OK with having dirty hands, and hopefully that will make life all round a little bit easier.