Last week I whipped up a fresh batch of primary colored play dough.
The recipe I use is super simple and requires just six ingredients.
Homemade Super Soft Play-dough (Source)
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1/3 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- food coloring
In a medium sized sauce pan, combine the flour,salt, cream of tartar, water, and vegetable oil over medium-low heat. I used a wisk to mix it until it had a smooth, lump free consistency. At this point you can mix in your desired food coloring. Using a spatula, stir until the mixture begins to firm up. When the dough begins to firm up, it will clump together and eventually form a ball. At this point you can remove the dough from the pan and carefully knead until cooled.
I found these cute plastic storage containers at the dollar tree. They came five in a pack for a $1!!! They are perfect for storing the play-dough and keep the dough moist and squishable for weeks.
Since my kids play with play-dough regularly, I decided that I should make a play-dough center. I labeled the center with this cute printable label that I found here. I adhered it to black construction paper and laminated it for durability. Using my handy velcro dots, I stuck the label to the second drawer of the cart.
The narrow top drawer of the cart contains cookie sheets which can also be found at the Dollar Tree. I love using cookie sheets for play-dough activities because it allows for quick and easy cleanup.
The second drawer of the center is where the homemade play-dough is stored.
The bottom drawer is where the play-dough tools are kept such as rolling pins, cookie cutters and stamps. Now whenever the creative spirit comes over the boys,they can help themselves to the play-dough supplies. Just make sure your little’s are carefully supervised while playing with the dough (our carpet has suffered the consequences).
In preparation for “back to home-school” season, I will be doing a number of organization projects in my classroom and plan on sharing them with you all. Even if you don’t home-school, I’m sure you will find these tips helpful for organizing your kids bedrooms and play spaces. Happy learning!