Flour Power – License to Mess

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.

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Here Porthos makes patterns with his dough (which is really more like creamy soup), and adds green colouring.

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