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 Oil
I added the boiling water of course!
Mix it up!
Knead the dough.
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!