After seeing the gorgeous, autumn-themed play dough over at Sixtine et Victoire (Seriously! Play dough can be gorgeous - check it out.), I was inspired to make some with Elise. Although it was always one of the most popular activities in my classroom, I realized that Elise had Never. Played. With. Play. Dough.
Not only is play dough endlessly fun, it's also good for you! I couldn't believe I'd been depriving Elise for so long.
Here's a quick list of the benefits of playing with play dough:
- builds fine motor strength
- allows for open ended play
- emotionally therapeutic
Over high heat, stir 2 cups water and 1 cup salt until salt is mostly dissolved and water is boiling.
To make yellow play dough, mix 1 cup flour, 1 tablespoon cream of tartar, and 1 tablespoon turmeric in a bowl. Combine dry ingredients with 1 cup of the hot water and salt mixture and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. After it's cooled slightly, knead until a smooth dough is formed. If dough seems too wet, add more flour; if it seems too dry, add more oil.
To make brown play dough, follow the same steps, replacing the turmeric with 1 tablespoon cocoa powder.
Keep play dough stored in an airtight container between use, and it should last for a long time - unless your little one is like Elise and eats it all! Ha, ha! No, Elise didn't eat it all, but I was surprised at how much she actually put in her mouth considering it's so salty.