Thursday, January 19, 2012

Play Dough Exploration

1: X said, "I can make it like a green snake !" Y answered, "My one is bigger"-Children are learning language when they are sharing their ideas with their peers. They are also comparing the lenght of the play dough-big, small ,bigger, longer, etc.

2: F is working so hard to cut his play dough with the scissor. I was holding my scissor, describing and showing him how to insert his fingers -he was observing my fingers and he did it! The use of scissors helps develop children's fine motor skills. 

3: Children have their unique style to interact with the medium .They need ample opportunity to explore. D was using his scissors to mark his play dough -Another child said- "Are you making pizza?" He was kneading his play dough for a long time.

4:F decided to knead and roll it his play dough. He just started preschool with us. He was observing other children and than he carefully picked up his play dough and rolled it like X.  When he have finished he said, "I want green scissor ".

5: J was decorating her play dough with lots of light green balls. I said, "I can see you put so many green balls on your play dough". She replied, "I am making chocolate chip cookies".

This play dough exploration develops children's fine motor skills-creativity, language and social skills...and more.

Homemade playdough recipe

3 cups boiling water

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups salt
  • 4 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 Tablespoons cream of tartar
  • food coloring optional -


Mix all ingredients except for the flour in a large bowl. Once well mixed, add flour. Stir continuously until the dough mix leaves the sides of the bowl. When well blended, remove from bowl and knead on floured board. Careful! The dough will be HOT - especially in the center. Until it cools, this is a job for an adult. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour. At first it will seem undercooked, but as you knead and sprinkle with flour, you will find you have made a nice, soft playdough. Store in an airtight container. I never refrigerate my dough as putting it in the fridge makes it sweat and it goes sticky.

Things to add to dough

  • Glitter
  • Rice for texture
  • Vanilla or a few drops of essential oil for scent

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