Let’s make play-doh. We’ll use it for tomorrow’s lesson when we make our own bird nest! Have Fun!
What is our theme? Birds
What is the lesson (overall purpose)?
Making play-doh from materials we have at home so we can use it to make a bird’s nest tomorrow.
SED2: The young toddler responds to directions from familiar adults
SED3 The young toddler relates to adults through shared exploration of materials and environments
SED6 The older toddler follows the directions of adults
CD60 The younger toddler experiments with various wet and dry materials to discover their properties
CD63 The older toddler uses simple tools to continue exploration
PW33 The young toddler coordinates eye and hand movements
PW35 The older toddler coordinates eye and hand movements
By mixing the play-doh ingredients together your child is beginning to form an early understanding of science and math concepts.
Songs, Books & Videos (Motivational Techniques)
Flour (4 cups)
Salt (1 ½ Cups
Oil (2 Tablespoons)
Water (1 cup warm)
Food coloring (optional)
2 mixing bowls
To make your play-doh:
1. Pour 1 cup of warm water into your bowl. Add food coloring if you want to make your play-doh extra pretty!
2. Add 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil to the warm water and stir together
3. In a separate bowl combine 4 cups of flour and 1 ½ cups of salt. Stir together.
4. Add the flour mixture to the water and mix until a soft dough forms.
5. On a floured surface, knead the play doh until soft and smooth.
6. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Activity Wrap Up:
Tomorrow we are going to use the play-doh we made to make a bird’s nest.
Did you enjoy mixing all the ingredients together? Did you use a spoon or your hands? What did it feel like?
How do I know what my child is learning? (Assessment)
Molding play doh is excellent for the development of fine motor skills
Making play-doh is an opportunity to enrich vocabulary with words such as ROLL, MOLD, KNEAD, MIX, SCULPT, MEASURE
Following a recipe introduces your child to science as they see that combining materials changes the way they look...and perhaps smell. By kneading the play-doh, the texture will change as well.
How can you extend this activity? (Modifications)
In addition to adding food coloring, you may add some essential oils if you have any. This will change the way the play-doh smells.
The recipe can be made larger or smaller. Perhaps you want to divide into multiple bowls (as the video shows) to make different colors.
Helpful Hints: (Pitfalls & Solutions)
This is a basic recipe for play-doh. If you don’t want to use “food” ingredients such as flour and salt, the following recipe uses shaving cream and corn starch. https://www.naturalbeachliving.com/shaving-cream-play-dough-recipe/