Oh how I love Play-Doh, actually any dough meant for play. Okay Play-Doh just happens to be one of my favorite brands and the one I grew up having all kinds of fun with. As an Early Childhood Teacher this is one of my go to staples that are a must when it comes to fun and learning. Kids love to create and manipulate PlayDough. Anytime, you whip out the PlayDough just know that your kids are going to have a valuable learning experience. Chances are they won’t even know they’re learning or building necessary developmental skills.
This type of play focuses on the strengthening of your child’s fine motor skills, which are building their small muscles in their hands and fingers. Your children can also work on using their imagination, language skills, social skills and even math skills. There are so many positive benefits of play with PlayDough. The possibilities are endless.
You may also want to add a few props to your child’s play which will extend the learning experience. Look around your house for these added bonuses, no need to go on a shopping run. You can give them old games pieces, craft sticks (Popsicle sticks), plastic utensils, blocks, toys and more. Make sure you open your mind up, use your imagination and jump in on the play with your child.
Now, for the parents who aren’t so keen on the commercial dough brands, well then you can surely make your own at home. There’s even a gluten-free PlayDough recipe I’ve stumbled upon. Check out the recipes I’ve found across the Internet below. My replay video of me actually showing you how to make the gluten-free play dough will be coming soon to the blog.
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Play-Doh Receipes From Across the Internet
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 cup flour
Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
Remove from heat and add flour.
Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don’t have it on hand.
Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.
No Bake Play-Doh
large mixing bowl
1 cup water
4 cups flour
2 to 4 tablespoons of cooking oil (we used Canola)
1 1/2 cups of salt
food coloring (we used red and blue to make purple)
Pour water into a large mixing bowl.
Next add food coloring. We added generous amounts of red and blue food coloring to make purple, which seemed like a galactic color! Once you add the food coloring to the water, stir well.
Add the dry ingredients ( flour and salt) to the mix. You can stir a little at this point to begin blending the ingredients.
Next add 2 to 4 tablespoons of oil. You can add more oil later if the mix seems to dry. Oil is the secret to keeping this “no cooking required” recipe soft! If you don’t add enough oil, the mix will be very crumbly.
This next step is a big hit with kids! Add generous amounts of glitter to your mix and begin mixing everything together.
Knead the ingredients together until a soft dough is formed.
To store, simply roll the dough into small balls and keep in plastic bags or a plastic container!
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup corn starch
3/4 cup water
Video for mixing directions coming soon
Have A Ton Of PlayDough Fun!!!