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Homemade Play Dough

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Squishy squashy fun!

What kid does not love play dough? The Apple Tree Learning Centers has not found one child who does not like play dough! Squishy, cool, bright, and so fun to play with.

Even better, it helps develop fine motor skills and imagination Instead of going out and buying commercial Play Doh, try making it at home!

Its super easy, inexpensive, and a perfect project for the kids to help with. We love making our own play dough here at The Apple Tree Learning Centers, and after trying a handful of different recipes we finally found a winner.

This play dough comes out in beautiful, soft shades, smells delicious, and feels the closest to store bought Play Doh of all the recipes we’ve tried.

You will need:

  • white flour – 1 cup
  • warm water – 1 cup
  • salt – 2 tbsp
  • cream of tartar – 2 tbsp
  • cooking oil – 2 tbsp
  • Jell-O – 1 3oz pack

Even though it makes for a longer process and a lot more clean up, our teachers at The Apple Tree Learning Centers have found that the little ones have a great time doing the measuring and mixing! They learn so much from helping in the kitchen, and it’s really fun for them. Keep mixing until most of the lumps are gone.

Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until it thickens into a ball of dough. This step does take a little while. Just keep stirring, you’ll know it’s ready when you won’t be able to stir anymore.
Once it has finished cooking, place the dough onto a silpat matt or floured cutting board and wait for it to cool.

Once it is cool (at least 20-30 minutes) let the little ones knead it, adding in flour until it is no longer sticky (about 1/2 cups). At this point, you can add in extra food coloring to make the colors more vibrant, or even add glitter.
This recipe makes a lot of play dough. You could easily cut the recipe, and there would still be plenty to play with.

Now let their little imaginations run wild. The children at The Apple Tree Learning Centers will literally spend hours playing with their play dough if they could. We love seeing what games they come up with, and what tools they pick out to use with it. We don’t have special play dough tools, we let them rummage through the center and use whatever plastic container or other child safe object we find. Ms. Tammie our center Co Director always brings in a variety of coffee creamer lids because they are perfect for pre writing skills.

When you are finished playing, store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It will keep for at least a few weeks in the refrigerator, with daily use. If at any time it starts to be a little sticky, just add more flour.