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Early Childhood Activities: Make Playdough and paint

Having fun and playing is a toddlers job. It's how they learn and get social skills. These recipes are for fun and play for your young children. They will love getting their hands dirty and feeling the ingredients. Please note: None of these recipes are foolproof! You may have to make adjustments or changes for your liking. Experiment!


1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 tablespoon oil

Mix together and cook until  it starts to clump together. Put on a plate or piece of wax paper to cool. Mix in food coloring if you wish.

Kool-aid playdough

1/2 cup salt
2-1/2 cups flour
2 packages Kool-Aid (Choose you favorite flavor)
3 tablespoons oil
2 cups boiling water

Mix together and cook until  it starts to clump together. Put on a plate or piece of wax paper to cool.
Smells great!

Just like real dough, kids will have a lot of fun squeezing, slamming, molding, and experimenting!

It is safe and non toxic so you won't have to worry.

Preschoolers need hands-on activities. Their play is their learning. Let them get their hands wet!

Finger paint


Food coloring

1. In a large enough bowl, mix equal amounts of flour and salt.
2. Slowly add water to mixture until it has the thickness and feel of "paint."
2. Add food coloring and mix well. You will need to do a batch for each color.

Bubble mix
Recipe #1
1 cup water
2 tablespoons of detergent
1 tablespoon of glycerine

Recipe #2
3 cups water
2 cups Joy liquid dish soap (Or similar)
½ cup Karo syrup (or similar)

For best results, let these mixtures sit over night.
To use, put in a large rather flat pan such as a pie pan.
Use what you can for a "wand." A plastic flyswatter will make an interesting one with lots of tiny bubbles.
Bent wire or anything that can be made into a wand like you get in the store bought stuff.

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