With the colder days behind us (hopefully) are you looking for ideas and activities for the kids to be able to enjoy the beautiful sunshine days?
My preschoolers loved to play with playdough outside (less mess) on pretty spring days. We have lots of molds and plastic knives and they would play for hours making playdough animals and pastries. We had a little kids table and chairs that we’d set out under the maple tree.
How about making your own Playdough? Here are some ideas from Creative Kids at Home.
3 Easy Recipes for Making Homemade Play Dough
Kids are amazed when they learn how easy it is to make play dough wit this activity. The dough can be stored in air tight containers, or left to air dry to save a finished creation.
- 3 cups flour
- 1.5 cups salt
- 6 tsp. cream of tarter
- 3 tbsp. oil
- 3 cups water
Pour all ingredients into a large pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms by pulling away from the sides. Knead dough until the texture matches play dough (1-2 minutes). Store in plastic container. Should last for at least 3 months.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 3/4 cup water
Have your child mix the baking soda and corn starch in a pot. Use hands to make sure all the lumps are broken up. Add water. The adult should put the pan on the stove over medium heat and stir constantly. As soon as the mixture gathers together, remove from the heat. When it cools, have your child knead it into a smooth dough. Don’t over cook this dough or it will crumble.
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup water
Have your child mix the flour and salt in a bowl then add water. Knead and squeeze the dough to make a clay consistency. You may need to add more water. Note: This dough doesn’t last as long as the cooked recipes.
Ideas Divide into sections, then knead in food coloring (liquid or paste). Kids love making the white play dough change colors. Use unsweetened Kool-Aid for color and scent. Add glitter for sparkly play dough.
Note for Parents:
Every parent must use their own judgment in choosing which activities are safe for their own children. While Creative Kids at Home makes every effort to provide activity ideas that are safe and fun for children it is your responsibility to choose the activities that are safe in your own home.