Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas

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Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas – Keep this recipe and list handy for the next snow day or any quiet afternoon!

As a former elementary education teacher, I can attest that, working with play-dough is a multi-faceted activity that can be used to teach, entertain, and create. With a lot of us still in the throes of winter, this is a great activity to pass the time – better yet, extend the activity by making your own!

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas - Keep this recipe and list handy for the next snow day or any quiet afternoon!

Here is how I made mine…

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas - Keep this recipe and list handy for the next snow day or any quiet afternoon!

Homemade Play-doh

Simple, easy, and always fun - this homemade play-doh recipe will produce hours of fun!

Yield: 5 mounds

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup flour (I used white in the first batch and wheat in the last)
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons oil - I used coconut oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup water
food coloring

Directions:

1. Mix flour, salt, oil, lemon juice, and water in a pot.
2. Place on medium heat and continue to stir until it forms into a stiff ball.
3. Remove from heat and place onto parchment paper to cool.
4. Once it is cool enough to touch, knead the dough for a few minutes.
5. Last, divide the play-doh, add food coloring, and knead until the color is consistent throughout.

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas - Keep this recipe and list handy for the next snow day or any quiet afternoon!

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas - Keep this recipe and list handy for the next snow day or any quiet afternoon!

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas - Keep this recipe and list handy for the next snow day or any quiet afternoon!

This project takes about a half hour including the cooling time, making it the perfect project to accomplish with your kids.

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas - Keep this recipe and list handy for the next snow day or any quiet afternoon!

Some of my very favorite activities to do with kids ages 2-5 include:
1. Using cookie cutters to make shapes.
2. Rolling into a snake.
3. Practicing cutting with a knife.
4. Poking shapes or letters into the play-doh with a straw or fork.
5. Talking about color names and making new colors by mixing.
6. Rolling pieces into balls to practice counting.
7. Sculpting imaginative characters/animals.
8. Story telling.
9. Pattern making.
10. Practicing simple addition and subtraction.

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas - Keep this recipe and list handy for the next snow day or any quiet afternoon!

Thanks, Kelly!

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We all have cloudy days, moments in time that are really difficult. I believe it is what we do with those cloudy days that defines who we are. I do my best to give, live, and love while celebrating the everyday as mother, crafter, and donate life advocate. My name is Kelly and I have had a few cloudy days, but my life is anything but gray! Come say hi anytime, over on my blog - Cloudy Day Gray!

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  1. Heat posted on February 11, 2016 at 11:30 pm (#
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    This is a great project, and I will have to try it out with my kids! I think they will love it!

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  2. Izyan posted on March 20, 2016 at 4:26 am (#
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    Finally i found the perfect recipe for home made play doh which is super easy and cheap! My 4.5yo helped mix the colours and enjoys playing with them. I’m also not worried
     to allow my 15m old to play as the ingredients are harmless. However may i know if refrigeration is required to make these last? Or are they lm just stored in an air tight container? 

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    • I Heart Naptime replied on March 20th, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Storing in an air tight container should work! But do know, the more it’s used, the more it will dry out – so you’ll eventually need to make it again. :)

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