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My 3 year old daughter has been eating on her own since she was 18 months, she can put on a pair of pants, she can wear
Velcro shoes on her own and she has been threatening to do her own hair too! These developments have left me thrilled no doubt but I am also concerned about channellizing this energy correctly. Fortunately for me, my mother in law is a qualified child psychologist and her first piece of advice has remained that I ought to keep my daughter busy, constructively busy. Toddlers like her ‘give’ more than ‘take’, if they are not provided an avenue for this energy release, they implode emotionally. And if you think you have seen a toddler throw a tantrum you’ll know what i’m talking about! Over the last 6 months I have made a conscious decision to incorporate as many activities and adventures into my daughter’s day. Since this is summer vacation time, this month’s aim has been to avoid boredom at all cost: even if it means stocking up on pounds of play dough or making a sand pit in your 10th floor apartment!
I am very fussy about the kind of materials my daughter plays with so I prefer to make my own play dough. And here’s the recipe:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 tablespoon cream of tartar
beet, spinach, and carrot juice
Mix flour, salt and oil, and slowly add the water. Cook over medium heat, stirring until dough becomes stiff. Turn out onto wax paper and let cool. Knead the dough with your hands until of proper consistency. Use as it is or divide into balls and add a few drops of the vegetable juices to make green, pink, and orange. You can use turmeric for yellow, beetroot juice for pink and add watercolours for the hard to make colours. Store in an air tight container, the salt will keep it preserved for as long as 4 weeks but keep an eye out for mildew.
This is as much fun to make as it is to play with. We make it a mummy/baby adventure and she is enjoys it thoroughly.