Have you ever made play dough at home before? We have once, but it was kind of a fiasco. I’m trying to remember the details but all I see in my mind’s eye is a huge mess… ah, yes I remember. I tried an edible play dough recipe and spent most of the time trying to keep Isaac from eating ALL of his. This time, I followed a recipe from a book of hands-on activities I bought recently called Count on Math (here at Amazon). I wasn’t expecting a play dough recipe in it but it really has everything you could think of and some great ideas for teaching through play.
We definitely did some learning – I let the kids pour their own ingredients and figure out which measuring cups and spoons were the right ones as we followed the recipe. I didn’t include a 1 cup measuring cup so when the time came to measure out 1 cup flour, Emma had to figure out that two halves equal a whole.
Then Emma proceeded to make her play dough a lovely shade of pink and generously added silver glitter.
Here’s the recipe in case you want to give it a try:
Pink & Sparkly Play Dough
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
red food coloring
Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a spoon until it turns into a dough, then let the children use their hands to mush and smush it. Add glitter. Add flour if it’s too sticky and not a workable medium, and put a little vegetable oil on your hands if it starts falling apart and gets a little too dry. Store in a ziplock bag or airtight container.
Note: I’m not sure how long this lasts, but I’ll update this post when I think it’s starting to get too old. So far it’s been good for four days stored in a ziplock bag in their school cabinet. :)