Merry (almost) Christmas! I hope you are enjoying some special moments with your little ones among all the hullabaloo this season brings. We are in full hullabaloo mode, so I am going to be a little laid back in this space for the week.
With Christmas a few short days away my little ones are totally and completely excited. Over the top excited. And so we have been doing lots of activities to help keep them grounded (as in feet on the ground instead of my couches and tables).
Most of those activities come, of course, from our magical and oh so simple Quiet Bins! (I really don’t know what we did before quiet bins.)
One that has been making an appearance in one fashion or another is the good old playdough. Whether we are making a candy cane factory, decorating Christmas trees, or doing some construction, playdough has been fabulous to help my little ones settle down just for awhile.
I realized that while I did share my playdough recipe here quite some time ago, I thought it was worth sharing again. So I bring you my Kindergarten Teacher No-Bake Playdough Recipe. Hope you love it!
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Playdough is FABULOUS for strengthening little hands for future writing. Why not add some literacy learning too? And numeracy for that matter?!
A great way to introduce the alphabet is to start with your child’s name letters. We love this Wilton 50 piece alphabet and number set!
Here is my oldie but goodie post:
As a Kindergarten teacher you learn a few things. Along with how to find missing mittens, boots, and teeth as quick as lightening, you learn to make a mean batch of Playdough.
This is the EASIEST no cook playdough recipe around. And I argue it is also the very best playdough recipe too.
The Best and Easiest No Cook Playdough
1.5 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons oil
1 cup of boiling water
Mix it all together. It will look like this:
Knead a few times and it will become perfectly smooth.
Add some colour if you wish. This is the best playdough recipe as even very little ones can help in almost the whole recipe. The order of ingredients doesn’t matter at all – just pop it all into a bowl and stir it up! PLUS you can’t mess it up – if it is too sticky – add more flour, to clumpy, add more boiled water.
Since we are getting into the Fall season in my house, we made the Playdough orange (by mixing colours of course – sneak that learning in!) and we added All Spice and Cinnamon. Yum!
And if you are looking for some inspiration with ideas for exactly what to do with this simple playdough, these ABC and 123 cookie cutters are absolutely perfect!!!! I used them all the time in the classroom, and still use them at home with my little ones.
Hope you are having a lovely week friends. Thank you for reading!