22 Jan 2014

Fun with Soft Dough

What do you do when you are a toddler whose Aai (Mum) is in the kitchen kneading wholewheat dough and rolling it out to make rotis (unleavened bread)? You join in, of course!

You rummage through your toy cupboard and pull out the one thing that lets you emulate Aai. You pull out your soft dough kit complete with your own little rolling pin and a huge collection of soft dough cutters. Then you get to work.
Rolling out soft dough
You knead your very green dough. You thump it, pat it and prod it. You roll it out on your own worktop, just like Aai. You prod it some more. Then you cut it. First with one dough cutter, then another, then another. And another. Till there is no discernible shape there at all.

Does that bother you, this absence of a discernible shape? Not a bit. Who is to say what a real shape looks like anyway? Why can't a teddy have a horse's head?

Soft dough cutters
And then when your soft dough gets stuck in a little corner of one of your cutting devices, you let out the loudest wail ever heard, "Stuck!" So that Aai has to drop her own roti-making and come to the rescue. Order is restored once she has rescued that tiny piece of green. It goes right back where it belongs, into the larger mush of soft green before you.

And you start all over again. Knead, thump, poke, prod, roll, cut. Interspersed with the occasional wail.
Roll, pat, thump, cut

It is quite amazing what children can do when left to their own devices. I may soon have all the help I could ever need to knead soft roti dough in my kitchen.
Mini Creations

39 comments:

  1. It is fantastic that your little one had a go in their own way and kneading dough is great for building muscles in the hands and fingers ready for writing when they are older

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    1. Oh I am sure he will be ready to wield a pen soon enough :)

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  2. This is why we created #minicreations as we love to see ALL the creations the Little Big People create. Lucas thinks that a teddy bear with a horses head is an excellent idea. Thanks for linking to #minicreations

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    1. J thinks so too. Talk about great minds thinking alike and all that!

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  3. It's great watching them isn't it. This is exactly what my two were doing last night after school!

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  4. we always like soft dough! they are great fun!

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    1. Nothing is more calming and therapeutic than kneading soft dough.

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  5. Wonderful! 'मदक' करतोय :-)

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    1. Khoop madak karto :) I wonder if he will be so willing to help around the house when he is a teen and can actually be of help :)

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  6. Ahhhh it's been too long since I played with some - Ozzy has branded it 'too babyish' now he's at school which I think is a huge shame. Maybe I should make myself some ;)

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    1. Maybe you should. It is quite relaxing to prod and thump some soft dough :)

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  7. great fun! I do let my kids roll out roti doll with shaped cutters like they use with play do too - why not, multi tasking play and make dinner lol :D

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    1. Letting him hand around the kitchen is the only way to get dinner done.

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  8. I have a soft spot for play dough I have to admit my Mum used to make it for pre-school and I would steal a bit so much you can do with it :X) x

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    1. It is a versatile thing, isn't it? And not expensive either. Winner all around.

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  9. Bless looks like little one had great fun intimating Mummy

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  10. My two adore their playdough. They get completely absorbed in it which gives me some peace and quiet!

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    1. Same here. He is enjoying it so much lately, I can sit and do my thing while he plays.

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  11. Your little one had such a lovely time and I think it's great that they were able to take the activity any way they wanted.

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  12. Even as an adult I love play dough so kids will definitely love it.

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  13. Fantastic! I still love making and playing with salt dough. Great fun for mummy and little one (though I'd not want to eat the salt dough - only the roti - nom nom!)

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    1. I wouldn't want to eat anything that J has played with! That is for the bin :)

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  14. we need to get ourselves some dough to play with x

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  15. Ah, great - definitely in training to help you in the future!

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  16. Love play doh, always provides so much fun :)

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  17. So cute, loved reading through how you have so beautifully written this ..such an easy and interesting flow of thought,Like I was in the room with you and ur kid !and yes I do too love that ur kid calls u ''AAI'' :)

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    1. Thanks Manjiri. I call my mother Aai too :)

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  18. Soft play dough is such a great thing for kids. My boys loved it, in fact my youngest still really does :)

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    1. I don't blame him. I am partial to it myself.

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  19. My 16 month old still wants to eat it! So we are not playing with it often at the moment!!

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    1. You could try some homemade one with atta. Then she can eat it :)

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  20. So much fun to be had and so simple.

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