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Creating With Playdough

Let your child help you mix up a batch of playdough, then enjoy the following activities together.

No-Cook Playdough
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
About 1 cup water
Food coloring

Mix flour, salt, and oil together in large bowl. Add several drops of food coloring to the water. Stir the flour mixture as you slowly add the water until a ball of dough forms. Knead the dough until it is soft and pliable. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Variation: Omit the food coloring when mixing the dough together. Divide the dough into two or three parts and knead a different color of food coloring into each one.
 Exploring Playdough
Let your child use only his or her hands to explore the playdough. Talk about the sorts of things you can do with just your hands. Talk about rolling, pounding, and stretching the dough. Then set out a few tools for your child to use, such as a small rolling pin, a table knife, and some cookie cutters.
Playdough Sculpture

Set out the playdough and an assortment of craft sticks and drinking straws cut into sections. Let your child create a sculpture by combining pushing the craft sticks and straws into the playdough. Or, show your child how to roll the playdough into balls and use them to hold the ends of the craft sticks or straws together to make larger shapes.
Playdough Mosaic
Find an old plastic lid. Turn the lid upside down and push a small amount of playdough into it. Let your child push popcorn kernels, dried beans, and pasta pieces into the playdough to create a mosaic.