What you need:
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (I actually left this out and like it even better!)
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
- 1 and a half cups of boiling water
- food coloring (optional) I used a packet of Kool Aid which adds awesome color and a wonderful smell!!
What to do:
- Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool Aid in a large mixing bowl.
- If you use food coloring instead of Kool Aid, mix it in the boiling water now then add the water to the mixing bowl.
- Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough.
- Take it out of the bowl and knead it continuously until it os no longer sticky. Make sure you knead until it becomes the right consistency.
- If it is still sticky, add more flour, a pinch at a time, until it is right.
- Store in an air tight container in a cool, dry and dark place. We keep ours in the art room in the basement. I have tried keeping play dough in the fridge and in my opinion it gets too cold and wet-ish which makes it a little slimy.
|Our friend Cooper helped us stir the dry ingredients|
|Then she kneaded the play dough|
|Then she pounded the play dough ;)|
|Beansie said "I like pinching the play dough.|
It makes skinny pieces."
Ways you can play with play dough:
- use cookie cutters
- make snowmen
- use sticks
- bury rocks
- use textured materials to make imprints (pipe cleaners, shells, coins)
- make snakes
- use forks, spoons and knives
- connect balls of play dough with twigs
- roll play dough in snake shapes and make letters and numbers and words
- make various sizes of balls to teach small, medium and large or small, smaller, smallest
- pretend play (make breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- use stamps without ink
Get creative!! There are so many different ways to play with play dough!!