We Love Play-dough!

Posted on May 31st, 2016. Filed under: Room One News.

In Room One, we often play with play-dough, and we aim to involve the children in the creation of it as well! It is similar to baking, where the children learn to follow step-by-step instructions and see early science concepts come to fruition when all of the ingredients change state and become a gooey, elasticky dough.

Shamil loves getting the children involved in the creating process.

Play dough is an excellent way for children to develop their fine-motor skills as they build up strength in their hands. They love to practice patting, rolling, and squishing the play-dough with their fingers. This will help with pencil and scissor control later on. Play dough also helps the children express themselves creatively and can be very calming and soothing. Although it is discouraged, some children even find it tasty to eat!

We generally make a large batch, but if you scroll to the bottom of this post, you will see that we’ve attached a smaller recipe you can use to make at home for your child/children. Try adding food colouring and/or different essences (i.e., vanilla, lemon) to add to the sensory experience.

Here are a few photos from some of our play dough experiences:

Play-dough mixture: stirring process Play-dough mixture: adding salt


  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • Food colouring and/or essences (optional)


  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add any food colouring or essences TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. *If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right*