Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Animal Tracks And A Homemade Playdough Recipe

Making Animal Tracks In Homemade Playdough

Last Friday I conducted a program about animal tracks for preschoolers where I work at Prairie State Park. One of the things that we did was to make animal tracks in homemade playdough using plastic North American Wildlife animals. The children had fun and the playdough was a great medium in which to make our tracks. I thought I'd share the recipe with those of you here.

Homemade Playdough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tarter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup boiling water

optional: glitter (I did not add this)

Mix flour, salt, and cream of tarter together. Add oil and water and mix until combined. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface and knead. If the playdough is sticky knead in additional flour. Test the temperature of the dough before allowing children to handle.

This dough had a very nice feel to it and was easy for children manipulate. As an extension, I suggest making a double batch, dividing it into four or more equal parts, and adding food coloring to each to make several different colors. By sealing in airtight containers this dough will keep for a long time and can be used for a variety of activities making for many happy hours of playtime for little ones.

Until Next Time...

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