How do you tell it’s time for our friends to start school at KT? It MAY be that the classroom is clean, and shiny, and ready for exploring….but I know it’s time when the flour, salt, oil, and food coloring all get pulled out of the cabinet the night before, to make a new batch of KT PLAYDOUGH 🙂
We love playdough at KT, and have it out all year long. (Not the same playdough- that would be gross!) 😉
Depending on our current theme, we usually have a playdough to go with it! Sandy playdough for our beach unit, pumpkin spice playdough for fall, glittery white “snow” playdough for winter. There are a ton of fun recipes out there, so we are always changing it up. Our KT friends love coming in to see what new playdough is out, and the parents enjoy it too. Playing with playdough is very relaxing!
Why do we think playdough is so fabulous? Simply, playdough is wonderful for working those small hand and finger muscles, inviting imaginative play, and providing a fun way to practice letters and numbers. You get a lot of preschool skills, “bang for your buck!”
Although we are always trying new recipes, we start the year with the basic KT playdough. Here it is:
2 C of flour
1 C of salt
1 tsp cream of tartar
2 T vegetable oil
1 tsp food coloring
2 C water
Directions: Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, thoroughly blending. Place water, food coloring, and oil in saucepan and whisk to blend. Pour mixed dry ingredients into saucepan with wet ingredients and stir with a spoon. Cook over medium heat. Stir ingredients constantly, until dough leaves the sides of the pan and forms a ball. Remove from pan and cool on the counter. When cool to the touch, knead for a few minutes. Once completely cooled, have fun playing! Store in a zip lock bag. Playdough will keep for a few weeks.
Add some simple household items: small rolling pins, cookie cutters, buttons, straws, and a good time will be had by all!
Keep Playing 🙂