Kids love to play with playdough, so making homemade playdough was a natural idea for a playdate!
Make the Playdough Together!
My recommended first step is to set up a playdough mixing station. Having everything on hand makes the playdate run much more smoothly than if you have to keep running back to the cabinet for forgotten supplies. Bring all the ingredients over, make sure you have sufficient amount of each, and set up measuring cups, measuring spoons, and stirring spoons for both kids.
We decided to have the kids share one bowl. I set up the bowl and cups and spoons for each child. On a nearby table, I had the ingredients. We picked up the ingredients one at a time, and let the kids help measure, and then pour each ingredient into the bowl. We paused after each step to let them stir, and explore the mixture with their hands.
1 cup flour
2 tbs cream of tartar
1/4 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tbs vegetable oil
The kids first mixed the dry ingredients, and then helped pour the wet. Doing this activity with 2 toddlers, I was happy I set the project up outside! Then I took the mixture and cooked it over medium heat on the stove for about 5 minutes, until the dough came together into a bowl.
Once the playdough cooled a bit, I brought it back out and gave it to the kids. I like to give it to them when it’s still warm, so they get that nice, warm, sensory experience. I added plastic utensils, child scissors, and several cookie cutters. Their favorite activity was to make snowmen in July by rolling 3 balls together.
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