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  • Writer's pictureVanessa Ford

Making Playdough – An Educational Resource

Making playdough is a great educational resource! It is a simple way to get kids involved in a fun, active, making process, with no cooking needed! Playdough has kinesthetic and visual learning benefits, for learners to engage in practical tasks and form concepts. Students are able to see forms, whilst adapting them to improve their work and understanding.

The process of making playdough can be used for a range of subjects such as Art, Mathematics, Science, and Design & Technology. It incorporates a range of transitional skills which include measuring, combining materials, mixing, and forming, which also means it can be used for combined learning. Bring subjects together, so students are able to transfer and develop their skills, whilst demonstrating their knowledge and understanding through visual and practical tasks.

One batch can be used and stored for weeks. Once made, and when not in use, keep it in a pot with a lid or in a plastic sealed, poly-pocket. If it begins to dry up, you can add a small amount of water to the bag or container it is kept in overnight. During this time the playdough will become saturated with the water, making it moist again, until it is time to create a new batch.

Creating one batch in different colors also helps to distinguish between students work, and helps students to easily identify their own work whilst peer assessing the work of other students.

You will need:

  • Measuring cups

  • Mixing Spoon

  • Tablespoon

  • Jug

  • Bowl

How to Make Playdough (no cook recipe!)

  1. 1 + ½ Cup of Flour.

  2. ½ Cup Salt.

  3. 2 tbs of Cream of Tartar.

  4. 1 tbs Vegetable Oil.

  5. 1 Cup Hot Water with Food Dye

  6. Slowly add water

Making playdough is fun! Look at how our kids are involved in the process.

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