Who doesn’t love play dough?
It’s the epitome of learning through play! It feels wonderful in your hands; it awakens your creativity, and allows everyone in the family to experience it at their own level.
Is there a better medium for whole-family Core Phase fun?
Here’s my favorite play dough recipe:
- 1 c. flour
- 2 t. cream of tartar
- 1 T. oil
- 7/8 c. water with a few drops of food coloring
- ½ c. salt
- Combine all ingredients and stir over medium heat until mixture forms ball and leaves sides of pan. Note: I find that a cast iron pan works really well for this, but whatever you have will work!
- Pour onto waxed paper and knead until smooth.
- Keep in Ziploc bag.
This Play Dough takes just minutes to make, has a super consistency and kids love working with it.
You can even add essential oils – like, “Peppermint” for green, “Orange” for orange, “Cinnamon” for red, etc. It adds to the sensory joy!
*Thanks to my friend Lis Barker who used to run the Preschool at Southern Utah University for this great recipe!
PLASTIC PLAY DOUGH**
This dough will dry to a hard, plastic-like consistency. You can make beads, animals, paperweights, or any other treasure that you want to last.
- ¼ c white glue
- ¼ c water
- 10 drops food coloring of your choice
- ¼ c flour
- 1 c cornstarch
- Cover the work area with waxed paper or a plastic tablecloth.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the glue, water, and food coloring.
- Mix the flour and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Then add to the wet mixture and mix until a stiff dough forms. (If you live in a humid climate, you may need to use less cornstarch.)
- Remove the dough from the bowl and knead on a lightly floured surface for 1 minute.
- Mold the dough into shapes. If the dough becomes too dry, wet your hands. When you are finished with your creation, let it finish air-drying until thoroughly dry and hard. Drying time varies according to the size and thickness of the object.
**Plastic Play Dough recipe by Sherry Timberman, from the 1/06 Friend magazine