A little history about play-dough is that its original use was as a household item to clean surfaces. Luckily, for kids all over the world play-dough found a better use as a nifty and creative play toy. Today the staple toy has been around for over 60 years in our classrooms and today we’re going to show you a quick and easy recipe that you can make with your kids in your home. Be sure to look at the link below to see the different ways you can also incorporate play-dough into your children’s learning.
HOW TO MAKE PLAYDOUGH
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- ½ cup salt
- 2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid
- 2 cups boiling water
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon alum or cream of tartar
- 1 gallon size Ziploc bag
Have your child/children help measure out the flour, salt, kool-aid and, cream of tartar (or alum). Have them pour the ingredients into a pot and stir the mixture. While they are stirring, boil the water. Next add the water and oil to the mixture, and stir away! The them continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form into a ball. Remove from heat and then place inside a gallon sized bag or onto wax paper. Allow to cool slightly and then knead until smooth. Once it’s all mixed together, place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Once it has cooled, you are ready to play!
If you are looking for fun ways to incorporate your play-dough into your children’s learning, take a look at these 20 different ways!