Finding fun play dough play centers that also reinforce math and literacy skills makes all the difference in the world. In this blog post, I will share a few play dough recipes and a few activities that will make your dough centers a hit!
Play Dough Play Centers Therapeutic Benefits
There is something therapeutic about squishing and touching this dough. In fact, this is one of the recommended mediums for people with some types of sensory processing disorders. Additionally, it strengthens the hands and aids in the development of those fine handwriting muscles. Did I mention it is fun?
How Do You Make Play Dough?
Well, I did a little searching and this is the play dough recipe that I used.
- 2 cups of salt
- 1 1/2 TBSP of cream of tarter
- 3 1/5 cups of flour
- mix those together… then add
- 2 1/2 cups of water
- 5 TBSP of oil
I mixed and kneaded the dough until it was smooth. Then I divided the play dough into 3 parts and added food coloring. Needless to say, my hands are all pink right now. BUT it made a ton!
How Do You Make Editable Play Dough?
I did a little searching… then became hungry… then went back and searched again! Here are a few of the editable play dough recipes that I found.
How Do You Make Scented Play Dough?
I am a hoarder of candles so naturally scented play dough sounds appealing to me. Here are a few scented play dough recipes you could try.
How Do You Store Play Dough?
You will want to put the dough in an air tight container or bag (such as a Ziplock bag). I put my dough into a plastic container. Easy!
Play Dough Play Centers
So now that you have the dough… what do you do with it? This is where the fun comes in!
Maybe you are trying to combine play and learning! This is my favorite way to teach. Play and learning go hand-in-hand. Every lesson or activity should have an element of play in it. Kindergarten… first grade… fifth grade. The fun is the engagement hook we all crave!
Play Dough Play Centers and Literacy Ideas | Sight Words
The playdough can also be used to make sight words.
Play Dough Play and Math Center Ideas | Shapes
The play dough can also be used to form 2D and 3D shapes. Some additional skills in the play dough centers are counting, addition, and subtraction.
Play Dough Play and Math Center Ideas | Numerals
Practicing numeral formations is also a great way to use play dough. I love this little chunk-it-out method for #3. Hehehe!
Think of the dough as the carrot! Students will be engaged because of novelty of it!
Play Dough Play | Student Choice
Student choice is so important when build self-regulated learners. I would recommend adding a variety of play dough activities to the math center bin and a variety into the literacy center bin. In this way, students can decide which activity they want to work on.
Play Dough Play | Free File
The other day, I was in Target (beware) and I saw these little Peep dough containers. You guys, the dough smells like MARSHMALLOWS! Then after playing with it, my hands and the room smelled like marshmallows. For these small play dough PEEP containers, I felt the smaller work mats worked better. However I have included the full size dough work mats in the download as well. If you like these, leave me a comment!