Playdough FunWhat To Do:
- Find your favorite playdough recipe on-line. When working with young children, I prefer a non-cook version like the "No-Cook Play Dough" recipe on this page. I suggest adding a few drops of food color to the water.
- Gather ingredients. Your child can help you measure, pour, stir, and knead.
- Allow children adequate time and space to play with the dough. Adding objects like rolling pins, cookie cutters, mallets, plastic forks/knives will extend children's experience with the dough. Discount School Supply makes some great (and affordable!) play dough tools like pizza cutters and rolling pins.
- Optional: For scented playdough, add powdered drink mix to the water instead of food coloring!
What Children Learn:
- Math - measuring ingredients
- Chemistry - Difference between solid and liquids and what happens when you add liquid to dry ingredients
- Colors - Allow children to choose what color you will add to the water; you can extend this learning by dividing the water in half and make 1/2 red and the other yellow. When children pour the two colors into the mixing bowl, they will observe the color change!
- Fine motor skills - kneading, rolling, pinching, and exploring playdough exercises the muscles in the fingers which children will need to hold a pencil or tie their shoes!
- Literacy - add letter-shaped cookie cutters while children are playing with the play-dough
- What will happen if we mix this red water with this yellow water?
- What do you think will happen when we pour the water into this bowl?
- How does the playdough feel? (This is a more open-ended question than, "Is it sticky?" or "Is it soft?")
- Making complicated models as children may become frustrated when they cannot duplicate your model.
- Telling children what to make and how to make it. Let THEM be their own designers, architects, and creative thinkers!