SHARED By: Ms. Susan, Two’s Teacher at York Avenue Preschool

Playdough has been a staple tool of early childhood educational play since the 1950s. Given its original use as a gummy product intended to clean coal dust off of wallpaper, it is amazing to think that playdough is now ubiquitous and a non-toxic clay that has been proven to help children develop fine motor skills. In the classroom and at home, this useful clay—made simply with nearly the same ingredients as bread—can absorb children’s attention and teach them to build in three dimensions, make real images they see in their imagination, and manipulate shapes and colors.

Our Two’s classroom made playdough and had a ball kneading, rolling and molding!. Try using our simple recipe at home!


What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups salt
  • 4 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 Teaspoons creme of tartar
  • Food coloring

What You’ll Do:

Stir all ingredients in a big pot over low heat until it forms a ball. Remove the dough and knead. This playdough will last for a long time!