At first, Baby Bear just stared at the dough looking a little confused about what it was. Was it food? Was it a toy? Then, he started poking and prodding it. This must have passed his initial test because the next thing I knew he was merrily squishing it between his fingers. This lasted for a few minutes before the inevitable taste test. He must have like the saltiness because he kept trying to eat more. Papa Bear and I had to take the dough away after only about 5 minutes of play time because we did not want him to get sick off it. (The recipe is non-toxic and technically edible, but I imagine tasting more than just a little would leave one not feeling so well.)
I will try this activity with Baby Bear again soon, though. I think it was a great sensory exploration activity, and with practice Baby Bear will learn all the wonderful things he can do with playdough besides try to eat it.
|Papa Bear pulling Baby Bear's hand back as he tried to take a second taste|
1 1/2 cups boiling water
2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
Stir together in a large bowl then play!