Sunday, March 20, 2011

How to Make Play Dough

Rain, rain go away, come back another day! Spring time showers may get you down, but this quick and easy play dough recipe will bring a smile to your toddler or preschooler's face. 

Play dough is a soft, pliable colored dough which can easily be molded into a variety of shapes and sizes. It is a great way to introduce your children to fine motor skills (such as grasping and pinching). Children can use plastic cookie cutters and their fingers to manipulate this smooth and gooey dough. 

Play dough will provide you and your child hours of enjoyment! 

Cooked Play Dough 

Warning- Please keep little ones away from the stove and if you allow them to knead the dough afterwards make sure it is cool enough not to burn their hands. 

Mix together in an aluminum core pot:

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 cups water
1/4 cup oil 
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
Food coloring (Add to dough after cooking)

Cook these ingredients over medium heat, stirring constantly, until they thicken. You will know it's ready to take off the stove when the play dough pulls away from the sides of the pan (it is similar to the consistency of cream puff dough). Place on a plate to cool enough to handle comfortably. Knead, and then store mixture in an airtight container. 

Helpful tip: Place a piece of parchment paper on your table.When the dough is cool, use food coloring to dye the play dough. Cut the play dough mixture into several large pieces. Place a few drops of different colors of food coloring on each piece of the dough. Knead the food coloring into the dough. Wear gloves when kneading food coloring into play dough to prevent staining your hands. Enjoy your rainbow-colored play dough!

(Source: Introduction to Early Childhood Education Sixth Edition pg. 270 by Eva L. Essa)

Yellow Play Dough