Fun and Learning with Playdough

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Things you'll need for this activity

  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons Cream of Tatar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • And food colouring if you wish
  • Saucepan
  • Mixing spoon
  • gladwrap or airtight container


What you'll learn in this activity 

Ages: 2+ with adult help and supervision

Purpose: Playdough is the perfect go-to activity for young children as it is fun and supports learning! Playdough helps to strengthen children’s hands and fingers, develop their fine motor skills; eye hand coordination and ability to concentrate; provides opportunities for imaginative creativity; promotes language and provides a calming sensory activity that relives stress. 

Let's play!

  1. Add all mixture together in a bowl.
  2. Lightly dust bench with flour.
  3. Once slightly formed roll out onto a floured bench and knead until smooth ball forms.
  4. When finished using ensure you wrap the dough in gladwrap and place the playgroup into an airtight container.


Talking together

Questions: This is a great activity to talk with your child about: Measurements, sizes and shapes, quality and measurements, movement and textures.

Extension: add smells to your dough such as lavender oil, cinnamon or mint. To add to the play, you can provide your child with; cupcake trays and patty pans, children’s scissors, leaves, twigs and flowers, toy animals or people, rolling pin, blunt knife or then can just use their fingers and imagination! 


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