Saturday, November 20, 2010

Making Play Dough

"Play Dough" is great for kids.  My two and four year old daughter's both love it as do my Kindergarten students.  Kneading, cutting, rolling, and many of the other things that we do with play dough are excellent fine motor skills builders.  Today we made some using this recipe and I threw in a pinch of cinnamon to make it smell nice.  Turned out pretty good and we had lots.

Play Dough Recipe:
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoon cream of tartar (find it in the spice section)
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup water
food coloring

Mix ingredients in a pan. Add water and mix well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 – 5 minutes. Dough forms a “clump”.  Remove from stove and knead for 5 minutes–add food coloring during kneading process. Play dough will keep for a few weeks in a  plastic sandwich bag.


  1. Playdough is just the best. So simple but still extremely appreciated by the small ones :)

  2. A fav childhood memory of mine!!! here's an edible version for the non-nut allergic kids :)

    1 c. powdered milk
    1 c. peanut butter
    1/2 c. honey
    Raisins (optional)
    Nuts (optional)
    Mix and shape. Use raisins and nuts for decoration.

    Another edible fav:

    vanilla pudding prepared
    food colouring
    Finger paint paper
    Many small children and their fingers

    Voila- an edible masterpiece that dries just like a regular finger paint only tastier!

  3. Ohhhh!!! I'm going to try that for sure. Thanks!