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Fun with Play Dough

on September 10, 2012

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.


They had a blast making their own play dough!

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
Food coloring

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.

Big mess = Happy kids 😉

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!

Thank you for reading this blog post, feel free to leave me a comment and share my facebook page with your friends and family.  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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


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