Friday, April 17, 2009

Preschool Lesson Plans: "Green" Play Dough

Have you ever read the ingredients in commercial Play-doh? All I can say is, and I am a pretty intelligent person, that i have no clue whats in it. Why give this stuff to our kids when we have healthier, cheaper, and more environmentally sound options. Not to mention, more developmentally appropriate.

Why more developmentally appropriate? Well you can make your dough appropriate for the right age- oatmeal play dough for older babies/toddlers, a soft cooked dough for young preschoolers, a firmer play dough for older preschoolers, and a clay you can make and dry sculptures out of for older kids. You figure out whats right for you and go for it.
Here is the recipe I used today-


1 cup of flour

1 T. vegetable oil

1 cup water

2 t. cream of tartar

food coloring


1. mix the food coloring into the water

2. heat all the ingredients over low heat until the mixture forms a ball

3. knead when cool

I didn't use food coloring- I am out of food coloring and find it works better without it sometimes. It doesn't matter if it gets mixed up like it does if you have several colors.

Without food coloring it can be anything. And since today's my bread baking day- you can guess what she pretended it was:)

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