Subject: Handwork – Playdough
Supplies: See Below
Recommended Time: 30 Minutes

Materials you will need:

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1⁄2 cup Salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar 1 Tbsp. Cooking oil
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Food coloring (if desired)
  • Essential Oil (if desired)

In addition to the ingredients above, you will also need measuring tools, a pot for the stove, a spoon for stirring and your family.

Set up:

Playdough is an excellent way to improve fine motor skills and encourage creativity. It can be used to extend learning that is done throughout the week for younger students. As a family, you can work as teams to create, brainstorm new games with play dough, and enjoy time of togetherness. It can also provide a time of quiet, relaxing stress relief.

During this activity, skills that can be worked on are:

  • Attention to detail in measuring
  • Following directions accurately
  • Working together, taking turns, and safety with hot items

You might brainstorm ideas as a family and set goals to help everyone flourish during this time.


A little on the background of Play-Doh can be found ​here.

Step-by-step Instructions:

  1. Gather your ingredients, materials, and family
  2. Watch the video of the Perkins family​ here​ (we begin with our ingredients already measured) and/or continue to the next step.
  3. Measure out the cold water, adding desired color and/or scent
  4. Measure remaining ingredients
  5. Combine all ingredients in an stovetop-safe pot, stirring until mixed
  6. Heat on medium while stirring
  7. Continue to stir until the playdough isn’t shiny and becomes firm
  8. Allow to cool and then enjoy creating
  9. Store in an airtight container to prevent drying


  • Practice making shapes, designs, and objects. What objects can you add to your playdough to enhance your work?
  • What did you learn this week that you can demonstrate with play dough?
  • What shapes and designs are you able to make individually? As a family what shapes, designs or creations can you make
  • How are playdough and clay different? How are they similar?

What creations did you and your family make? Show us in the comments!