There is something so soothing about playdough. Some of my favorite memories from teaching were little conversations shared with students at the playdough table. At our house we play with playdough so much that one of our kitchen drawers is filled with containers of it and fun stuff for my kids to add to the play. Below are some of my favorite playdough activities we have shared over the last 5 years here. I hope your kids have as much fun with it as we do.
Footprints In The Snow – Winter Playdough
Playdough Toy Prints
Playdough Bakery Pretend Play
Explore Emotions with Mr. Playdough Face
Digging for Buttons in Playdough
Silly Hair – Playdough Play
Drinking Straws + Playdough
Slicing Watermelon Playdough
Practicing Cutting With Playdough
Playdough Gingerbread Men
We love play-dough and if you have made homemade playdough before you probably know that there is flour in it, usually wheat flour which isn’t an issue for most kids but for children who suffer from celiac’s , gluten intolerance or wheat allergies it can turn playtime into not much fun. I searched the web for a recipe a few years back and couldn’t find a thing. Then when I saw Bisquick came out with a gluten free product I bought some to try with my Bisquick playdough recipe.
Here is how I adjusted it for the gluten free product.
1 cups gluten free Bisquick
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1/2 TBSP alum
1 TBSP oil
Knead. I let mine cool a while ( it gets HOT) and then my son helps knead.
Of course the sprinkles color ran and now we have brown dough but it’s still probably my favorite dough as far as texture goes! I will definitely be making this recipe again.
Red, Blue and White play dough: we used our favorite play dough recipe. We also added glitter to the white after they played with it the first time. The recipe is super simple: 1 cup water, 1 cup salt, 1 cup flour, 2 TBSP oil and coloring( for this i used sugar free jello! smells so yummy! but you can use food paste or coloring, kool aid or paint.) stir all the ingredients till smooth,cook on med heat till it pulls away from the
pan, cool for a bit, knead still smooth and play!
Shannon blogs at Welcome To Our Wonderland where she share’s books and sometimes activities to go with the children’s books. She taught prek for 11 years and become a stay at home mom 10 years ago when her oldest was born.
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
3 Tbs. oil
1 Tbs. alum
2 cups boiling water
food coloring of your (child’s) choice
Mix all ingredients together and you’re done! (You kind of have to be exact in the measurements. If it’s too sticky, I add a little extra oil. If it’s too oily, I add a little extra flour. Too much flour makes it dry out fast.)
No-Cook Apple-Cinnamon Play Dough
1 cup apple cider
1 cup salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 cups bisquick
1 cup salt
2 cups water
1 TBSP cream of tartar or alum
1 TBSP oil
food coloring or kool aid
add cocoa, peppermint what ever strikes your fancy too!
pour ALL into a MICROWAVE safe bowl and microwave for 3 mins stop and scrape and stir the bowl
microwave for another 3 mins scrape and stir it should be ready for kneading now if not cook for another minute or so!
5 1/2 cups flour
2 cup salt
8 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 oz pumpkin pie spice (or your own combination of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and mace)
4 cups water
Food coloring (2 parts yellow, 1 part red)
Mix in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until all lumps disappear. As soon as it cools enough to handle, knead on a flour surface until smooth.
Store in air tight container.
This play dough is not edible, just for playing !!!!!
It smells so good. It is a little oily for me, but it makes for easy clean up.