How To Make Ms. Diana’s Favorite Play Dough

Teacher's favorite play dough

How to Make Apple Pie Play Dough

Children love to play with dough. And no wonder! They can squish and pound it and form it into fascinating shapes. Making play dough with your child teaches measuring skills, math skills, language skills and more. It helps encourage waiting one’s turn, sharing ideas and new language development. Try Ms. Diana’s favorite recipe this weekend. It’s a great way to interact and learn with your child. And it’s FUN!

What you need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4-5 drops red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon apple pie spice

Mix it all up

  • In a large mix flour and salt together. Add oil to the mixture.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together water & food coloring
  • Pour the red water into the flour & salt mixture. Stir in the apple pie spice
  • Knead with hands into a ball (If it is too sticky, just add a little flour. Too dry? Add a little bit of water.)

Let your child do as much as possible

Making it is half the fun!  So please be sure to let your child do as much of the measuring, mixing and kneading as possible. They can even try mixing the ingredient with their hands. During the process remember to encourage verbal skills by talking about what your child is doing. Asking open ended questions. And answering your child’s questions. If your child asks, “Can we make it a different color?” Give it a try.

Now it’s time to play with the Apple Pie Play Dough

Your child’s imagination and your’s are the only limits here. Cut it. Squeeze it. Put things in it. Make a snake. A rocket. Throw it. Catch it. It’s all up to you. You can even taste it! Yes! It’s edible! When finished seal in a zip-lock bag or airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

When you make Apple Pie Play Dough your child learns:

Math Skills

  • Measuring; fractions, cups, tablespoons…
  • Comparing & contrasting – bigger, smaller, lighter, darker…

Verbal Skills

  • Expanding vocabulary

Motor Skills

  • Mixing (with spoon & hands)
  • Pouring
  • Rolling

Reading Skills

  • Following written directions
  • Reading fractions & numbers

Sensory Skills

  • Feeling different textures
  • Different smells
  • Colors

And a lot MORE!

Doing cooking and science projects together with your children at home is a great way to help reinforce what we are learning at school and strengthen family bonds. I hope you have fun creating memories.

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