January 20, 2012

Making Play Dough!




Play Dough is a MUST HAVE material in any early childhood classroom.


We made play dough this week and every student participated by adding at least one ingredient.


Here is my favorite recipe: 
  • 2 cups flour, 
  • 1 cup salt, 
  • 4 tbsp cream of tartar, 
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil, 
  • a few drops of food coloring disolved in
  • 2 cups boiling water

Put all ingredients in a bowl, leaving the water mixed with the food coloring for last.  Mix well. 
Once it is cooler knead the dough until smooth.

Making play dough involves a lot of skills.
We read the recipe (Language); we measured the ingredients (Math); we combined the ingredients that went from one state to another, felt hot/cold, etc (Science). Besides the children were wondering, asking questions, making predictions and observing. 

I have an electric kettle that I took to the classroom to boil the water, which was an added lesson on safety to the students.










 flour



















salt














cream of tartar

















                            oil  
















mix it up

       












wait until it cools, then knead











I was surprised to hear a few students reciting the whole recipe to me after we were done.

I also wrote the recipe in two different ways and I will leave it posted on the art center for a few weeks.


If you want to add a scent you can use unsweetened Kool-Aid and you can also add sparkles to the recipe for added fun!




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