Squeezing, pulling, rolling, and molding dough into all sorts of shapes and sizes provides a hands-on learning activity full of fun and creativity. From dragons and slithery snakes to flowers and snowmen, what you make is only limited by your imagination.

Playdough crafts on paper plate

Supplies List
  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 1/3 cup salt

  • 1 tsp oil

  • 2 tsp cream of tartar (optional for better elasticity)

  • Food coloring in two colors

  • 2 mixing bowls

  • 2 saucepans

  • Mixing spoon

  1. Combine all ingredients except the food coloring in a mixing bowl.

  2. Blend the dough smooth and place half in the second bowl.

  3. Add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl and mix with a spoon.

  4. Pour each bowl of dough into its own saucepan.

  5. Stir over medium heat for a couple minutes until dough becomes thick.

  6. Remove from heat.

  7. When dough is cool, pick it up, place it on the table, and knead until smooth.

This activity helps your preschooler develop fine motor skills, language skills, and sensory skills.

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