A recent Friday workshop with the tutoring staff featured a guest speaker who came in to run a tutorial on how to make playdough.  Check out the report below!

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“The workshop started at 1pm on Friday, October 2nd and Ema opened the session by welcoming all attendees as well as the facilitator, Mama Goodluck.

Next, Mama Goodluck introduced herself and said she is a teacher at Rafiki Foundation and her school engages much in sport and games.  After that she introduced the main topic which was making playdough and also explained the method she was going to use in presenting the topic which would be participatory in teaching and practical in making the playdough.

The facilitator began the presentation by asking questions to the tutors if they have ever seen playdough or if they have ever used it in their schools.  The teachers responded and shared their ideas on what they know about playdough.

After that, Mama Goodluck explained the meaning of playdough and said it is being used by children in both indoor and outdoor activities (games and learning), and it helps in fine motor development especially for children who can’t hold a pencil.

Next, she started making the playdough practically.  She gathered all the ingredients such as wheat flour, salt, sunflower oil, water, cream of tartar, and food colouring.  After that she measured two cups of flour, one cup of salt, and 4 small spoons of cream of tartar into a medium sized container and mixed them together.  Then she added two big spoons of oil, two cups of water and a little food colouring (yellow colour) to the container.  Mama Goodluck continued to stir all the ingredients, and then she had to knead the dough until it was very smooth.

Later she changed the color of the dough and added a green colour and the dough became green apple in color because it’s the colour tutors preferred.  Then she stored the playdough in a container with a tight lid and said if the dough is left out in the open air it dries up quickly.  Whenever possible it is good to put the playdough in the refrigerator or at the surface.  It may become moldy at room temperature.

Mama Goodluck ended up the session and advised the tutors to use playdough in teaching children who can use it in making different items such a cup, a person, or an animal.  Tutors should be aware of the importance of using playdough in teaching and helping in fine motor development of children as well as encouraging creativity in a child.”