Play dough


In nursery we love play dough! We add scents, spices and food colourings for different smells and colours.

We use different tools in the play dough to help our hands and fingers get stronger for writing. We use rolling pins, stampers, rollers, scissors and cutters.


We added beads, stones, dried pasta and conkers to the play dough to make bear faces.

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We used googley eyes, buttons, straws and pipe cleaners to make pumpkins for Halloween.

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We added stars, colourful matchsticks and glittery pipe cleaners to the play dough to make firework pictures.


Come back to see what we do for our Christmas play dough!

Why don’t you have a go at making some play dough at home? 

Here is the recipe we use at school  (From the website The Imagination Tree)


2 cups of plain flour

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1/2 cup of salt

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

Up to 1 1/2 cups of boiling water (add a bit at a time until it looks right)

Food colouring/scents (optional)


Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a mixing bowl

Add the boiling water

Stir until it becomes a sticky, combined dough

Add the food colouring

Allow it to cool down and take out of the bowl and knead vigorously for a couple of minutes until all the stickiness has gone (This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!)

If it is still a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right


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