10 September 2008


Another term, another town, another 'Stay and Play' group! We went to a new toddler group today and the 'take home idea' was play dough.

Playdough is great for children to play with and learn new skills at the same time. Play dough is:

  • good practice for sharing / turn-taking
  • soothing / calming
  • good for releasing tension
  • good for strengthening muscles / developing motor skills
  • good for developing language
  • creative
  • multi-sensory
  • fun!


Cooked Play-Dough

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

Mix dry ingredients and mix wet ingredients and then stir together.
Stir constantly over a medium heat until the ingredients change from a lump paste into a more rubbery blob.
Turn out onto a working surface and knead the dough.
Store in an airtight container.

Cooked Play-Dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
food colouring

Mix flour and salt, add water and food colouring.
Turn out onto a working surgace and knead the dough to make a clay consistency.
Store in an airtight container (doesn't keep as long as the cooked version though).

Other ideas:


  • glitter
  • spices
  • mint
  • herbs
  • cocoa powder
  • yeast (makes a stretchier dough)
  • raisins
  • pasta
  • ginger
  • lemon juice
  • curry

Use a variety of tools to play with the dough, for example;

  • lolly sticks
  • fir cones
  • toy cars
  • cutters
  • rolling pins
  • paper cases
  • straws

Play dough is suitable for children over a year old. Make sure that you supervise the play and use protective coverings for the floor, clothes and surfaces. Some children may try to eat the play dough but because it is so salty after a few tastes children will discover that it is much more fun to play with than eat!

Please feel free to share more playdough recipes / activity ideas.

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