In honor of National Play Dough Day, we are sharing our favorite play dough recipe and a few STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities that you and your toddler, preschool, or school-age child can do together.
Play Dough Recipe:
- Stock pot
- Large bowl
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 packets Kool-Aid
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
- Add the vegetable oil and water to a stock pot. Mix together.
- Add the dry ingredients to your pot and mix well.
- Cook on medium heat until dough starts to form.
- Once the dough begins to form, remove from the heat and let the dough cool.
- After the dough has cooled, knead it into a ball.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities are not just for daycare classrooms, you can implement these simple activities at home, too, using a few household items.
Activity #1: Engineering Challenge
Help your child enhance their engineering skills with this fun building challenge.
- Play dough
- Duplo or LEGO bricks
- Challenge your child to see how tall she can build a structure using play dough, Duplos or LEGOS, and straws.
- The challenge is to make sure the structure stands and does not fall over.
Activity #2: Ball Maze
Encourage your toddler, preschooler, or school-ager to create a ball maze.
- Play dough
- Cookie sheet
- Small Balls
- Roll the play dough into strips and place onto the cookie sheet in a maze.
- Identify a start and finish to the maze.
- Place the ball at the start position
- Hold the cookie sheet and tilt it to move the ball from the start of the maze to the end of the maze.
- Encourage your child to create a new maze.