Homemade Playdough

Many years ago….when I was younger and full of energy, I was a pre-school teacher. I  used a teaching method that was in direct contrast to what I was taught in my child development classes.  My college professors put much emphases on developing self esteem in pre-school children.  In order to help develop this they told me I had to give the children many choices…all the time. I was taught that the classroom should be “Child-Centered. ”  I needed to to say something like,  “Johnny, would you like to work a puzzle, play at the kitchen, read a book in the library corner, or play at the playdough table?” Often times, I would ignore this rule and with a smile on my face,  enthusiastically announce  “Playdough Time!”  Usually the children would come running to the table.  I’d arrange soft balls of colorful homemade playdough with a variety of  cookie cutters, rolling pins, and even a tortilla press for them to play with.  On some especially hectic days wholesome playdough was a blessing from the Lord to me.  Children were happy, stayed at a table and worked creating playdough creatures or bakery treats for quite a while.  I would sit down with them and actually enjoyed it as well.  There’s just something about dough that is soothing and even therapeutic at times.  I hope you will find some use for this playdough recipe with your children. ~Anne

1 cup flour                                                                
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Food coloring by drops

Place contents in a pan and stir. Cook over low heat, stirring until a ball forms.

Add food coloring and mix thoroughly until desired color. Cool on foil. Store in covered container.

For more playdough recipes please check out www.playdoughrecipe.com/  There are many unique recipes there.

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