Friday, November 6, 2009

Playdough and Multiplication

These chilly dark days of November prompted us to make up a new batch of playdough.

I like this recipe from Festivals Family and Food by Diana Carey and Judy Large - (cook in a heavy saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly until dough forms. It can be still slightly sticky to touch when done and then remove from pan and knead in just a touch of flour).

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

2 T. oil

2 t. cream of tartar

1 1/2 cup water

I then divided the dough into small balls and using a toothpick and cake decorating colors, "hid" some coloring in the center of the ball and gave them one at a time to each child to knead and find out what color surprise they had.

After the children kneaded their colors through, rolled, cut with cookie cutters, and sculpted, I showed them how to roll out the dough, cut out a square and then cut it up in lines to multiply. For example, ten lines horizontally and then 8 lines vertically would equal 80 little tiny squares.

I couldn't resist a little extra learning during their playtime.

Warm wishes. Tonya


  1. LOL. Great minds. We just made play dough at our house today too.

  2. That is the best way of learning, isn't it? Just integrating it into "life"!

  3. love the idea of hiding the food coloring inside so they could discover what color there's are tricky!

  4. Hi Tonya,
    Thanks for the recipe! I haven't made playdough in a long long time. My littlest boy will like that!
    I hope you had a great weekend!
    Love, Sara

  5. I forgot that FFF had the play dough recipe in it! Thanks for the reminder...we haven't made play dough in way too long! And that kind of start-to-finish tactile beautiful!

  6. Learning during play certainly is the best!
    I love the 'color surprise' great idea mama : )