Childreach Playdough Recipe

Playdough provides a variety of learning opportunities for your child and builds school readiness skills.

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Literacy – Add items that represent a familiar story or would create a new story scene so that your child could re-tell a story or create a new one.

Numeracy – Have your child help make the playdough. Measuring and counting the ingredients promotes numeracy skills.

Fine Motor Skill Development – Rolling, squeezing and creating with the playdough helps strengthen your child’s fine motor skills. These skills are needed for writing.

Creative Thinking – The possibilities are endless with playdough! When you provide additional materials that are open-ended, your child will do the thinking and their creativity will be unleashed!

Social Skills – When children play together or with a parent/caregiver, they learn to take turns especially when materials are at a minimum.

Here is our tried and true playdough recipe!

  • 1 c flour

  • 1/2 c salt

  • 2 tsp cream of tartar

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1 c water

Mix dry ingredients thoroughly. Add water and oil and stir into dry ingredients. Stir over medium heat for several minutes until mixture forms into a ball. Let cool in bowl. Knead until smooth. Store in an airtight container.

***Colour & Scent Options: Add ground spices, food colouring or vegetable juices (beet) to water before adding to dry ingredients.

Add these open-ended materials:

  • Beads & Buttons

  • Stones

  • Sticks

  • Glass stones

  • Beach glass

  • Kitchen utensils

  • Small animal figures

  • Leaves

  • Popsicle Sticks