Here at The Grapevine, our preschool kids LOVE playdough and we love to make it ourselves! If you want a simple activity for your child that will entertain them for hours, playdough is it!
Children love to mold and sculpt playdough. This strengthens their little finger and hand muscles, which they will be using later on in life to hold their pencils and markers at school.
Playing with playdough is calming for many children (and adults too!) Playdough also provides a space for children to be creative…what will they make? Cupcakes? A snake? Anything goes!
You can make your own Playdough using the Grapevine’s tried and true recipe below. If stored in an airtight container, this playdough can last for months of fun.
1 cup of all purpose flour
½ cup of salt
2 Teaspoons of Cream of Tartar
1 cup of water
1 Teaspoon of cooking oil
Place all ingredient in a medium saucepan over low/medium heat. Stir while cooking until a soft dough ball forms. Cool slightly. Turn the dough ball out onto the counter and knead for a bit. This is when you can add food coloring if you want, or essential oils.
*As a side note you can substitute 2 Tablespoons of baking soda for Cream of Tartar, but you then must increase the oil to 1 tablespoon.
Thanks to Amy Doyle, one of our Learning Vine teachers, for this recipe!