And an Art Lesson on Primary & Secondary Colors too!
Reading aloud from Frog & Toad and playing with play dough has especially become a likely duo around here.
Making your own play dough and getting the kids involved is a fun project afternoon project. Since we had to dye the dough, I decided to make one of our play dough dates into an art lesson on what primary and secondary colors are. There's nothing like play creation to really help drive ideas into memory.
Here's a video on how the process of making the play dough went for us.
Ingredients and Steps are below:
1 cup flour
1/3 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 T oil
1 cup water
gel food coloring
1. In a seperate bowl, gently whisk all the ingredients together. Reserve the gel food coloring for last.
2. Pour carefully into pan and stir. Stir until the mixture thickens and dries.
3. Once dough is not wet, take off of stove until non-stick surface.
4. Knead until cool.
5. Divide dough and and a drop or two to each ball and knead until well incorporated
6. Store in an airtight container..
Tips & Tricks
1. Salt & Cream of Tartar both act as preservatives & help aid in elasticity of the dough. Keep in mind, however, that this dough will go bad if it is not refrigerated. It keeps longest if kept in a plastic baggie with as much air taken out as possible to create a semi vaccuum.
2. If you're play dough gets a bit tough/hard, add one drop of water at a time and kneading the dough. Also, you can try wrapping the dough in a moist towel and heating it for a few seconds in the microwave. (3-5 seconds should suffice.)
3. To substitute gel food coloring, one can add in natural coloring such as beet juice, spinach juice, carrot juice, etc. Just measure out the amount of colored juice you're using and take out that amount of water in the recipe. For richly pigmented naturally dyed dough, use one full cup of naturally dyed juice and take out the water in the original recipe. Depending on the viscosity of the juice you may need to cook the dough a little longer.
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