The Play Dough Theory

October 8, 2010 | Comment7 comments - join the party! |

My son has a theme he learns each month in school This month was colors, which he knows very well having two parents who are also artists. They also have a discovery table at their school (part of a Reggio style of learning that I love), and they can bring in something for the table to share. I decided to make play dough for the table, not only is it fun, but a great way to learn color theory.

I made a large batch of the primaries so that the students could mix their own colors and have enough to take home. It was hit by the kids and the teacher. Learning through play is by far the best way to learn.

red and yellow make….


blue and red make…..

You will have to find out through your own exploration as my two year old mixed the all together before I could complete the photos. ha ha

If you are looking for something fun to do, I suggest this play dough, its by far the best recipe I have ever found. It feels so nice, no smell…and even better…

It would alos make a wonderful gift.

(photo source)


2 cups flour
1.5 cups salt
1 Tbsp cream of tartar

2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup of oil

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Pour boiling water and oil over dry ingredients and mix well.

When cool enough, kneed until smooth.

This makes a nice big batch, I double it for a class of 23 kindies.

If you would like a vary your dough, add food coloring to the water BEFORE you pour into dry, we didnt do this and so our colors arent as vibrant as they could have been.

Have a stupendous weekend.


7 comments - join the party!

What gorgeous colours!

by Carmen on October 8, 2010 at 6:23 pm. Reply #

Good project, we may try it next week! Love the favor/gift give-away idea.

by Becky on October 8, 2010 at 7:55 pm. Reply #

that's a great idea! thanks for posting the recipe!

by cArLa on October 8, 2010 at 11:36 pm. Reply #

thank you so much for sharing the recipe! I have been too scared to make the kids more playdough after the first time was a major flop! such a smart idea by the way to make it for your son to bring to school!

by Julie on October 9, 2010 at 2:20 am. Reply #

What a fab idea – will have to suggest that to little sweetpeas pre-school, i think they would love it.

by Scented Sweetpeas on October 12, 2010 at 8:39 pm. Reply #

I will have to try this!
Do you happen to know how it stores?
Cause I have made play dough before but had quite some trouble storing it. If I would put it in airtight containers it got kinda soggy … if I left it outside it dried out … :-/
I do not expect for it to live forever. 😉 But figured a few weeks should be fine?

by Ms Muffin on October 20, 2010 at 8:24 pm. Reply #

This is a wonderful creative project. I can't wait to try thanks for the dough recipe.

by urban craft on October 27, 2010 at 5:24 am. Reply #