Experimenting homemade play dough that can last at least 7 days without being refrigerated
1. In a non stick pan, stir 1 cup (all purpose) flour, half cup salt, 2 tbsp oil, 2 tbsp cream of tar tar and 1 cup water under medium heat until it becomes stiff.
2. Cool down in an aluminium foil.
3. Divide the dough and add food colourings.
Notes from my facebook friends:
From Phoebo Wong: 2cups flour, 1/2 cup salt, 2 tbsp cream of tartar, 2 tbsp oil, 1 1/2 cup hot boiling water. Mix n knead well. Can last for few months at room temperature of you put in air tight container.
This is not our first time playing dough (as in I made the dough for her – it is actually the leftover leek pan mee dough – so, it is truly natural ingredients. Setback – it can be only used once). This time I took out the hand-me-down playdough ice cream maker (from my cousin) and we have a lots of fun with it (even though I was slightly unwell). This actually occupied her for almost half a day when I was nearly “death” on the bed. Here’s a video of her having fun. <Video>
Thinking back, playdough was one of childhood favourites too. From a rationale perspective, all the squishing, squeezing, rolling and molding it is a completely engrossing tactile experience for a kid.
I think I need to try out a recipe that could make the dough last longer – so that we can bring it when we travel.
It’s been a while since I updated about our girl. If I remember correctly, the last update was before we went to Bali, which is in December last year. We have been “busy” since then. I find that the updates have been a good reference point for me. Hmmm… Maybe I should keep up this habit but not as frequent as previously.
Like many have said, her learning curve is at a faster pace since turning two, especially in terms of words that she can pronounce.
So, today at 25m28d:
1. She is a strong willed toddler (as before too) – in terms of wanting to do most things by herself even though she may not be capable yet.
2. Her mealtimes are becoming challenging for us – as in she is interested to self feed herself (showing more interest in using utensils and fuss when her fingers are dirtied) at the beginning and then runs away – and wants us to spoon feed her while keeping food in her mouth.
3. She is totally a Frozen and Minion freak. She can’t go by one day without both.
4. She is becoming more chatty, though I may not totally understand what she says. (She’s only chatty after warming up)
5. She can be very independent – playing by herself and walking by herself when we are out.
6. She can also be very clingy – pulling my trousers and crying like the world has collapsed when she needs me.
7. She either loves or hates her papa to the ‘max’.
8. She has a little more focus than before – she can actually sit during her playgroup.
9. She can be a very friendly toddler after knowing people well enough or warmed up. She melts people’s heart by her hugs and kisses.
10. She can be irritated even by the sight of other toddlers for no apparent reason.
11. Her favourite word is ‘nowan’.
12. She is also trying to form phrases/sentences. For example, she wants me instead of her papa to brush teeth with her – she will say ‘mama brush teeth’.
She is really growing too fast that sometimes it is difficult for me to accept it.
After going through some toddlers activities ideas, I thought of trying the “sponge and water play”. Since we were grocery shopping today, we got a set of 4 sponges for less than RM2. I cut off one of them into different sizes while one remain as it was. I allowed her to transfer water from one tupperware to another – experimenting how the sponges absorb water. She did few spills and asked for more water, as I mopped the floor. Hmmm…guess I need to teach her how to use the sponge to wipe of the water on the spills.
The play lasted about 20-30 minutes. She stopped playing when I walked away to tidy up the living hall.
The video of her focusing on the play <here>
Today I am “lazy”, so just cooked one dish. Stir fry pork with long beans and cauliflower.
Pork – marinated with fresh tomatoes, pepper and cornflour; stir fry with onion oil (without marinate) and set aside.
Then stir fry garlic in oil, add in long beans and cauliflower. Add in the tomato marinate plus some soup. Until almost cooked, add in the pork.
To be served with leftover beetroot soup and mixed grains rice.
Me time lunch – eat before the wailing
Leek mee hoon kueh in beet root soup served with chilli padi & garlic dipped in soy sauce plus coffee float
Companion – medela freestyle
My girl’s lunch was the same mee hoon kueh without onions and ikan bilis
I actually bought grated coconut and thought of making nin-kou. But after seeing the high price of nin-kou at pasar malam, I aborted the plan. I then used the grated coconut to make coconut milk.
I marinated half a chicken with coconut milk, some curry powder and curry leaves for 4 hours.
Then I blended garlic, onion, ginger and tomato. Stir fry the blended ingredients in oil before adding in the marinated chicken (including the marinate). I added more water into it for it to stew for 30-40 minutes.
Stir fry sawi – oil, garlic, leek, red pepper, sawi and leftover soup
We have some leftover soup to from yesterday’s old cucumber, carrot and apple chicken soup.
Today’s hubby’s last day off from the long holiday break. So, we went out. We had Texas chicken and burger.
For our girl, she had spiral pasta with fish sauce (pan fried fish fillet, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, baby corn, garlic, leftover soup).
It has been over a year since we started eating without salt & sauces at home. In fact, we spend majority of meals at home as it is difficult eating out with an active & easily distracted toddler.
And, my body, in particular, has been accustomed to it – to the extent, at times I have to puke (seriously vomit like morning sickness) after eating outside food. Not totally sure if this is good or bad.
This is my first time reading this article, but generally this is what I did over a year.