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Make Your Own Play Dough

Play Dough is fun for kids at any age. We have several recipes to make different types of Play Dough. Have the kids help make the Play Dough. This is a great way for them to learn about the abbreviations and how to prepare a recipe and following directions. The ingredients for these recipes can be found at your local grocery store.

Super Play Dough

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Mix together in a large bowl.
  2. Bring water to a rolling boil.
  3. Add the water to dry ingredients, continuously stirring.
  4. Add oil and knead dough on a flat and floured surface until the dough is smooth and not sticky.
  5. Store in airtight container. This will keep for a long time.

Activity Extension:

Make several different colors of this dough and let the children create many different things. Give them cookie cutters, stamps, and a rolling pin and let their imaginations do the rest.

Modeling Dough

(Yield: 1 cup)

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix the oil and water together, stirring quickly.
  3. Add the oil and water to the dry ingredients and stir until blended.
  4. Add the food coloring until desired color is established.
  5. Store in airtight container.

Activity Extension:

Make several different colors of this dough and let the children create many different things. Give them cookie cutters, stamps, and a rolling pin and let their imaginations do the rest.

Play Clay

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Mix the salt into the hot water and bring to a boil.
  2. Stir the cornstarch into the cold water.
  3. Combine the cornstarch mixture to the salt mixture and stir rapidly to avoid lumping.
  4. Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens.
  5. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool.
  6. Knead the mixture until soft and pliable.

Activity Extension:

This dough is excellent for making Christmas ornaments. Roll out the dough and use Christmas cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Make sure to leave a hole for hanging the ornament. Let the dough dry overnight or put in the oven at 200 degrees for one hour. Let cool and then paint.