Product Type: ELC baby toys
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My Children Love it but I Hate it
ELC Soft Stuff
Member Name: Moatymoo
ELC Soft Stuff
Date: 04/10/00, updated on 30/11/00 (1242 review reads)
Advantages: Kids love it and can really let their imaginations run wild
Disadvantages: Mums hate it, messy, doesn't last long
My children love this product. And would sit for hours with it if they could. However, it goes so hard so quickly they couldn't play with it for very long.
My son can make all sorts of things out of it and he had the set which is a food maker. He loved the idea of making burgers and buns and the salad to go in them. My daughter loved the idea of eating them too but I didn't as it was very difficult to get off of her teeth once she had chewed it.
I don't like this stuff myself as it goes hard and you find bits all over the place for days after they have played with it. It can get trodden into the carpet (then difficult to get out) and my daughter who admittedly is probably a little young for it wants to eat it. But then how do you stop her playing with it when he has it all out.
This product is ideal for someone with alot of time to supervise their children and who has a bare floor eg. wood or lino so that it can easily be cleaned up.
For those who haven't I find that putting a bit plasic food splash mat down helps a great deal although sometimes it will still manage to find its way onto the carpet.
I have recently been doing a family literacy course at my sons Infant School. The main aim is to learn ways in which we can encourage our children at home. With Reading and Writing.
What I was interested to find is that they need to learn to manipulate their fingers and learn the different ways in which they can move them through play such as sand, salt and play dough.
We brought the children into the lesson and got them to show us how they play with these items in the classroom. I found the play dough very good and it is amazing how well they do when they are using it and how much they learn. Especially if you talk to them all of the time when they are making things.
The schools however do not buy in their dough they make
it and the dough lasts longer and is easier to use. I also noticed that it is much easier to clear up when dropped and squashed into the carpet.
Why not try and make your own it is cheaper and better.
The receipe for Salt-dough is as follows:
4 cups of lain flour
8 teaspoons of cream of tartar
4 tablespoons of oil
4 cus of water
2 cups of salt
Add food colouring *optional*
Mix all ingredients together in a large an and cook over medium flame stirring all of the time till the play dough forms (takes about 5 minutes) Knead well and leave to cool in air tight container.
The dough can be baked in an oven on a low heat. Then it can be varnished painted or whatever.
The dough has tremendous keeping qualities if sealed in an air tight container i.e. plastic bag with elastic band.