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.



cream of tartar


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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