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Playdough Recipes and Activities
Description: Teachers add the food coloring to the water in the saucepan. Then add the corn flour, cream of tartar, salt and oil and cook over a low heat, stirring continuously. As the "dough" begins to cook, jelly like lumps appear. Carry on cooking until the mixture becomes one large lump, resembling dough.Recipe:
Now place the dough in a dish to cool. Once it is cool, it can be kneaded like normal dough. It may feel a bit oily at first, but this will disappear with use. Store in an airtight tub.
Comments: This is particularly useful with children with coealic disease or who have a gluten free diet.
Preparation: In a large bowl, mix ingredients listed above. After mixing, knead well. Store in an airtight container or heavy plastic bag for up to 2 weeks. Preschoolers have lots of fun kneading the dough.Recipe:
Play: Playdough Finger Puppets
You will need: Purchased or teacher made play dough, small items such as, raisins, cereal, small marshmallow or stones, sticks, small pieces of fabric to use as eyes, nose mouth and hats.
Preparation: In a large bowl, mix ingredients listed above. After mixing, knead well. Add food coloring as desired. Store in an airtight container or heavy plastic bag for up to six months.Teacher Made Playdough Recipe (traditional)
Teachers encourage children to put a blob of dough onto one finger and mold dough into a face shape covering the finger. Give faces personality by adding eyes, nose, mouth and hat. Encourage children to make at least one other puppet.
Engage puppets in conversation. Teachers
may need to encourage symbolic play by asking (through a puppet of their
own), questions which the children can answer.
Children can engage their own puppets in
symbolic play or participate with another child. If a child does
not wish to engage in this type of play, do not force him/her to do so.
Put all ingredients in a heavy saucepan sitr constantly over med. heat until theTeacher Cooked Playdough
mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat, knead well. Store in an airtight container.
Toddlers and older children can enjoy open ended activities when you add cookie cutters, presses, rolling pins and plastic knives or forks, . Some of the boys like to add small animals to this activity and cover them up. No matter which way they play they can be as creative as they want. Plus, this playdough is is non toxic, so there is very little worry about the toddlers eating it.
Comments: I like to
change the cookie cutters and cookie presses for different holidays and
seasons. The children love to see what they can create.
with "Gritty Playdough"
Description: Combine all ingrediants and cook until dough pulls away from theGritty Playdough
pan. Be sure to stir continuously. Cool then divide and give some to each child.
Giving each child a small ball. Place shells in the middle of the table and guide the
childen to make shell prints.
for "Fireworks Playdough"
- see below for recipe or use your own.
Cook until mixture congeals and pulls off the side of the pan. Cooking time will bePlaydough Recipe
greatly reduced if you use boiling water - although not suitable if children are
involved in the cooking. When cool enough, knead in colorful glitter.
Comments: Add essential oils for a fragrant play dough too.
Cook "Soapy Dough"
Description: Mix all ingredients except water in a bowl. Add water to make a workable dough. Model as with any dough.Recipe:
Cook "Sawdust Dough"
Description: Mix sawdust with paste in bowl. Add enough water to make mixture like soft putty. Squeeze and pat modeling mixture into desired shape. If desired paint when dry.Dough Recipe
Cook "Coffee Dough"
Description: Mix flour and salt together. Make a well then add instant coffeeRecipe for Coffee Dough
to water. Stir this into flour and salt. More water or flour may be added to
form a soft dough ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate. When ready, roll out
and cut out with cookie cutters into desired shapes. Bake @ 325° for 1 to 1½ hours. Have fun!
Cook "Oatmeal Dough"
Description: Combine ingredients. Knead well. This has a very different texture, is easily manipulated, and looks different. After drying finished projects can be painted.Oatmeal Dough Recipe
Materials: Cornstarch and Water.
Description: Mix the
cornstarch and water together. Use just enough water to
Comments: Easy clean up. It dries and sweeps up.
Description: Mix the cornstarch with water, this is called Goop. Not too muchIngredients:
water. Pour the Goop mixture into a cake pan and level out. Let each child create their own design by using markers. Color and draw on the Goop mixture. When each child is done take a piece of white paper and press onto the design. Remove paper and let dry. The design is now transfered onto the paper.
Comments: This is a
neat thing to do when you're talking about color. All the colors from the
markers run and mix together making new colors. A very fun thing to do!
Materials: Plastic eggs, small dinosaurs and teacher made Sand Goop.
Cook on medium heat stirring until thick. Cook to touch. Put dino into the plastic egg and cover with Sand Goop. Place in "nest".Sand Goop Recipe
On Monday, talk about dinosaurs and how big their eggs were. Show the children the "eggs" YOU found. Say, "Look how big they are. What kind could they be?" The eggs should still be wet. Tell children that we have to watch them until they turn white and crack. When ready, let children finish cracking them open and find their dinosaur.
Comments: At circle time, the children can't wait to look at the eggs to see if they are ready
Materials: Corn starch and water.
Description: Take 1 cup of cornstarch,
to one cup of water, pour both onto a cookie sheet with high sides and
mix well with hands (food color can also be added to make colors).
As the child picks up the cornstarch , the child will notice it is a stiff
form, but by holding it in his or her hand, it dissolves and goes
back to liquid.
Description: Place cornstarch in a tray. Add a little water and food coloring to make a paste. Provide toys for the children to play with in the goo. The children like the melting of the cornstarch as it heats up and runs through their fingers. Make sure the children wear smocks, this is a messy activity.Materials:
Comments: I found this recipe in a old book 10 years ago, and have been using it ever since.
Description: Mix all. Do not cook. Add Green food coloring. The texture of this mixture keeps changing with contact. Good for exploring observation skills. Practice measuring, pouring, straining, empty / full, etc.Oobleck Recipe:
Comments: This is a fun activity and promotes shared attention between parent/child or teacher/student.
1. Pour 4 cups of water into the big pot. Add fifteen drops of green food color.
Stir gently but thoroughly.
2. Empty all four boxes of corn starch on top of the green water.
3. Add two cups of UNCOLORED water on top of the corn starch.
4. Begin mixing the water and corn starch with a strong spoon. The mixture will be
Very difficult to mix at first.
5. When the mixture is no longer so tough. Begin mixing with your hands until the
Oobleck is smooth as has a very even consistency.
If the Oobleck
is too runny, add a little corn starch and mix again.
After storage, you
will probably have to add some water and you will certainly have to thoroughly
mix the Oobleck
to achieve an even consistency.
Description:Ingredients: Enough for one child.
1. Mix white glue and food coloring together in a glass bowl.
2. Pour liquid starch into a second glass bowl. Slowly pour the glue mixture on
top the liquid starch.
3. Allow the concoction to stand to 5 minutes or until the glue absorbs the
4. Remove putty from bowl and knead. At first the mixture may look as it it's a
mistake, but it isn't. The more you knead the putty, the better the consistency
5. Store Funny Putty in a plastic Easter Egg or zip bag.
Putty down on newspaper or comics. Slowly
pull the Funny
Pour one cup of glue into a bowl then add food coloring. Next, pour starch into the glue and mix until a it forms into a large gummy like ball. Each time the children playGlurch Recipe
with it you will need to add a little more starch to keep it from sticking to everything. It is pliable enough to form an object and then watch it melt back into a ball. The children love it.
to make the clay, paint and anything else to add to the bugs
Method: Stir together the cornstarch, baking soda and water in a saucepan. CookClay Recipe
the mixture over medium heat, stirring CONSTANTLY untill it reaches a slight
moist, mashed patato consistantly. Turn the clay onto a plate and cover with a
damp cloth. When the dough is cool enough to handle, knead the clay like dough
until it takes on a plastic consistency. The clay is now ready to use! It can be
stored in the fridge in a tight container for up to one month.
Let the children mold the clay into what ever they want. A lot of my children made ants. Let dry, the drying process is slow it takes a couple of days. Then the creations can be painted.
Comments: This is a
great recipe for claydough! It is the best one I have ever used.
Teachers combine sand and cornstarch in an old pot. Add liquid starch and mix. Cook the mixture over medium heat while constantly stirring. Eventually the mixture will thicken and turn into dough.
Remove pot from the stove and knead it 20-30 seconds before using. Let Sand Castle Clay Sculptures dry until hard.
Comments: You can color the clay by adding
1 Tbs. of powdered tempera paint to the mixture before cooking.
Ingredients For Sand Dough:Description: To make Sand Castles the children can take home with Sand Dough. Mix in an old pan. Stir 5 - 10 minutes over medium heat until thick. Cool, then store
in a plastic bag or container until ready to use. This yields enough for 4 -6 children.
Give each child a small amount of the sand dough and allow them to use various items to decorate the dough with. You can also use sand molds to make permamnent molds of sea creatures or other themes, the ideas are endless. These will dry hard when left to dry for a few days.
Comments: This works
very well and the creations dry rock hard. But you need to let them set
for a few days or more without touching them.
Description: Mix ingredients together, knead together. Let sit for ½ hour.Materials:
Roll out until about ¼ inch thick. You may need to dust the surface and the rolling pin
in spices. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters then make ribbon holes with a skewer. Let dry for a week. Paint and thread with ribbons.
in this theme!
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