Another wet day so the boys got permission to make a mess at home. Athos and Porthos each got:
- A plastic basin. An essential part of any play collection!
- A plastic spoon for stirring.
- A syringe. See this post for more on syringes.
- A cup of water.
- A generous scoop of flour. The cheapest brands are Orchid or Prima, both are under $1.50 a kg at NTUC Fairprice. Keeping a bag of plain flour at home comes in handy on rainy days or Mommy-I’m-so-bored afternoons.
- Food colouring (optional). About a dollar a colour at NTUC Fairprice.
The syringe is a lot of fun to squirt with, and importantly, prolongs playtime by limiting the amount of water they put in at a go. It’s also a good opportunity to learn about mixing colours, the concept of dissolving (“where did the flour go?”), and viscosity (“what happens if I add more water?”).
Here’s Athos working on his dough, and adding in purple colouring.
Here Porthos makes patterns with his dough (which is really more like creamy soup), and adds green colouring.