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Science was always a dreaded word when I was a kid. Everything about the subject was boring. When I had kids I decided to change all that by taking advantage of all the great science shows available. These shows were a springboard for other activities. We found books on subjects that interested them and did simple science experiments. The more we did together, the more topics they found that interested them. One of our favorite creative activities was making different objects from play dough. We even made an entire structure of an atom and a DNA sequence. The only problem I had with play dough was how quickly it dried out. The kids would forget to put it back into the containers and seal the lids. We had little pieces of dried play dough everywhere. Our world changed when I found a recipe for no cook play dough. It called for only a few ingredients, took around ten minutes to make and could be stored in a plastic container when not in use. After I learned how to make no cook play dough, we had an endless supply!
- 1 cup (8 ounces) all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon EACH cream of tartar and vegetable oil
- ¼ cup (2 ounces) salt
- ¾ cup boiling water
- 4 colors of food coloring, optional
- Mix the flour, cream of tartar, salt and vegetable oil together in a large bowl. Add boiling water and stir until mixture is well mixed. Note: It will be sticky like bread dough. If you want to have colored play dough, divide the dough into four equal parts. Add two to three drops food coloring to each part.
- Place each piece of dough, one at a time, on a sheet of waxed paper. Knead the dough until it is no longer sticky and feels like play dough. This usually takes 1 to 2 minutes per batch. Store in a sealed plastic bag or bowl. Can be stored in the fridge.
Want recommendations for science shows for your little ones? Netflix has some fun choices, including one that was always a favorite in our household, The Magic School Bus. Love that Ms. Frizzle!
What is your favorite science activity to do with the kids?