Each week, since about 4 months old, A has attended a fabulous live music class called Mini Mozart. It is a magical interaction of singing, stories, bubbles, classical music and familiar nursery rhymes. Both boys love it and often recreate the classes at home. This week the focus story was “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. A took two of his favourite bears to the class and we have shared the story at home multiple times!
On Saturday we used our three bear dough cutters to make some characters to retell the story with.
We mixed up a batch of chocolate play dough to give a dark brown bear colour. The recipe we used is as follows.
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons of oil
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
1 1/4 cups of very hot water
Mix altogether, once cool enough to handle, knead a little to combine.
First the boys rolled out the dough to make a flat shape onto which to cut out the characters.
With a set of bears and a goldilocks we retold the story again and again and again. Each time the boys did more of the retelling. By the final rendition S was in full control and story telling mode!
“Somebody’s been eating my porridge and they have eaten it all up”
“Somebody’s in my bed and they are still there!” “Arghhhhh!” screamed Goldilocks.
Beautiful as they were the 2D characters were difficult to stand up and many repairs were needed, so we created some more substantial bears using a ball rolling and a sausage rolling technique.
S could form a ball shape by moving his hands in a circular shape on top of the other.
A found it easier to use one hand and roll it onto the table.
Once two balls were formed we joined them together. S also pushed on some ear shapes.
Next we rolled sausage shape pieces onto the table to form arms and legs.
A admiring his finished bear!
To add to the story we also used a pinching technique to form a little porridge bowl.
A lovely morning – using scrumptious chocolate smelling dough, telling stories and practising dough techniques – rolling, cutting, ball and sausage making and pinching.
What characters have you made from dough?