Play Dough is so much fun!
My kids are in third & first grades and both had play dough on their school supplies list for the start of this school year. In fact, at “Meet The Teachers” night, they asked for donations of play dough. It had me thinking about how much kids (& some adults) like to play with dough. When the kids were younger we made our own play dough (recipe below) on a few different occasions (pictured below) and they LOVED it! We have about 100 different cookie/dough cutter shapes so this project would always keep them occupied for a long time.
Why is it that playing with dough is so much fun and good for your child too? More on that in a minute, I must first share these adorable faces (yes, I am partial 😉 and I added the recipe we used along with some other dough recipes.
Easy Play Dough Recipe
1 cup cold water
2 teaspoons vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
In a large bowl, mix together water, salt, and oil. Mix flour and cornstarch and add 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly. (May need to add more or less flour to get the consistency you want.) If you are making it all one color add the food coloring when mixing the liquids in the first step. I separated the dough to make a few different colors for the kids. Knead the dough for a minute with floured hands.
So why is playing with dough so great?
It’s not just a fun activity for your child, it can be a healthy and safe outlet for releasing extra energy and can help to calm a child during a stressful time. It also assists your child in these areas:
Imagination and Creativity
Science and Discovery
Math and Literacy Development
Fine Motor Development
The Imagination Tree shares each of the areas I listed and explains the benefits in detail as well they share a ton of fun ideas for play dough. Seriously, check it out. Very cool information and tips!
Pretty amazing stuff, huh?
Have fun with some dough today 🙂
Happy Dough Making to you and your child!
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Here are some other recipes for making dough:
Oatmeal Play Dough
1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 cups oatmeal
Mix everything together in a large bowl. Then knead for a few minutes.
Kool-Aid Play Dough
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
3 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 package Kool-Aid Mix (any flavor of unsweetened)
1 tablespoon cooking oil
Mix dry ingredients together in a large saucepan. Slowly add water mixed with oil and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens to dough. Turn out onto a heat proof bread board or counter top and knead until cool enough for children to handle. Dough will be the color of the Kool-Aid mix and will smell like the Kool-Aid mix. (Can be stored in a tightly covered container for up to six months)
For more edible dough recipes check out Familycorner.com