I just stumbled across an old recipe I used to use to make Kool-Aid Playdough when I taught Kindergarten. It’s fun to make, smells great and is tons of fun to use when learning.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 cup warm water
- food coloring or 1 package of Kool Aid
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
Cook ingredients in a medium size saucepan over medium heat stirring constantly. When the mixture pulls away from the spoon and forms a ball, you’re done. Knead and let cool on waxed paper. When cool, store in tightly covered container.
What kid doesn’t love play dough? Not only is it fun you can also use it for all sorts of fun learning activities.
- Make snakes out of the dough to make letters, sight words and family names.
- Create characters out of the dough and then tell a story.
- Mix different colors.
- Roll it out and use cookie cutters to cut fun shapes. Then count, add and subtract these shapes.
- Describe how it feels to build vocabulary.
- Use it for play/pretend. It’s amazing what kids can do with their imagination!
Check out Kate’s how to for play dough made from natural colors at Mini-Eco.
Since practically every activity idea I have incorporates the use of sidewalk chalk, I thought I’d share this fun sidewalk chalk recipe from Making Memories.