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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