Child playing with Play Dough.
image by julianna

Oh, the learning provided in play dough.  Beyond the educational value when making shapes, letters, and numbers, and imaginative play, play dough is excellent for fine motor skills.

While there are many options to purchase Play Doh, I feel the easiest to use is homemade play dough.  This is a simple recipe that make very soft play dough.  The ingredients also make it safe for children to eat, though the high salt content will minimize that.  Stored in a tight container, the play dough will last for several months.  

If you struggle with the mess, take the play-dough play outside or place an old table cloth or shower curtain under the child for a quick cleanup.


Play Dough Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
food coloring


Play Dough Directions:

Homemade Play Dough Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan.

Homemade Play Dough Cook and stir over low/medium heat until play dough is completely formed and no longer sticky.

Homemade Play Dough Allow to cool slightly before storing in an air tight container or zip lock bag.


Edible Play Dough Recipe

12 oz of peanut butter
6 tablespoons of honey
3 cups powdered milk


Play Dough Toys

For older preschoolers, play dough toys can be added for further fine and gross motor improvements.  Use items from your kitchen such as cookie cutters, rolling pin, measure cups, and bowls.  

play dough toy  Play dough sets including scissors, rolling pins, and cookie cutters are available to purchase.


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