Friday, February 20, 2009

Non-Toxic: Homemade Play Dough

The importance of a toxin free environment in your home has become one of the most researched and talked about areas of parenting, health and safety. Children toys is no exception, which is why you see so many toys nowadays that carry the "Non-Toxic" symbol on the labeling.

Ensuring your children don't eat toys such as crayons or play dough is a tough task and one that no matter how great a parent you are, it just isn't possible to have an eye on your kids constantly. It is for this reason that parents opt to buy non-toxic crayons. Of course non-toxic play dough is also readily available but if possible, its always better to make non-toxic homemade items. This way you know they are safe FOR SURE.

Do it yourself activities at home is a great way to entertain your child and broaden their learning. Childr
en love to make things and love to learn new things. Many of their learning's in childhood they will carry with them to adulthood and making things at home, especially for health and safety is a good trait to have and likely they will do the same for their kids.

Make a play date with your kids, teach them something new, and ev
en save a few bucks.
Don't forget to invite their friends and spread your knowledge and awareness of having a toxin free home.

As a gen
eral rule when increasing the quantity below, use one part salt, on part water and two parts flour

Homemade NON-TOXIC Play Dough

Ingredients (per child)

1 tablespoon sunflower oil
Few drops food coloring

1/2 cup of water
1 cup of plain flour
1/2 cup of salt

1. Stir the oil, food coloring and water in a bowl.
2. In a large
bowl, pour the mixture over the dry ingredients (flour and salt)
3. Mix together with your hands

If you find it's too wet or sticky add more flour. If it's too hard add more water.

Wrap well in cling film and store in the fridge. This will last about one week.

Happy Parenting!

The Parent Fairy


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