Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas
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!
Here is how I made mine…
Homemade Play-dough recipe
Yield: 5 mounds
- 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
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.
This project takes about a half hour including the cooling time, making it the perfect project to accomplish with your kids.
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.
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