Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts

Homemade Play Dough

Here is a great recipe for homemade play dough. It is smooth in texture and does not leave hands feeling chapped like many saltier recipes. The food coloring is optional and can be left out to reduce the risk of carpet stains.
Manipulating play dough is an excellent way for children to develop the muscles in the hand needed for writing. Mix up a batch and have some indoor fun on a cold, wet day.
1 cup flour
¼ cup salt
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. oil
1 tsp. cream of tartar
A few drops of food coloring (optional)
Mix all ingredients together in a medium, non stick saucepan. Cook over low heat and stir until the dough forms and becomes too stiff to stir. Let cool and knead a few times. Store in the fridge in a sealed container.

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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