Have you tried creating play dough art creatively? Mixing other creative media is a fantastic way to get kids thinking about new ways to make art!
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Mixing Media for Creativity, and the BEST Play Dough Recipe!
I adore the creativity that comes out with regular play dough play, and adding in a few extra materials opens the door to so may new options!
I fell in love with these little guys that Johnny made using play dough, paper, and googley eyes! The creation on the left is a boat they can ride in! The kids dried these creations, and they have enjoyed playing with them!
Did you know that you can coat play dough creations with mod podge for extra durability? We didn’t do it this time, because of the googley eyes, but we have before. You just need to make sure the play dough is completely dry so you don’t seal moisture inside.
Of course, all of this works whether you use homemade play dough or store bought Play-Doh.
My NEW Favorite Play Dough Recipe
I’ve been making play dough since I was a kid. It always turned out all right, but this recipe is my absolute favorite. I learned how to make it from one of the aides when my son was in preschool. She was kind enough to share her recipe with me – and you!
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp oil
- Food coloring
- Mix the dry ingredients together.
- Add in the wet ingredients, whisking until smooth.
- Cook over medium heat until the play dough is nearly set (no longer sticking to the edges of the pan).
- Remove the play dough from the heat.
- Knead on a flat surface until cool.
- Store in a ziploc bag or airtight container.
Whisking all the ingredients until they are smooth before cooking makes all the difference with this recipe!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 59 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 2831mg Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 1g
Here are a few more mixed media play dough explorations my kids have enjoyed:
As you can see, your imagination is the limit when selecting fun ways to play with play dough!
What are your favorite things to combine with play dough to create play dough art?
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