• Danielle Mussafi

Recipes: Homemade Doughs!

Some of the best activities include two parts: making the thing and then playing with the thing! Here are some simple recipes for homemade doughs and goos.

1. Playdough

Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup salt 4 teaspoons cream of tartar 2 cups lukewarm water 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil (coconut oil works too) Food coloring, optional Quart sized bags or wax paper

Stir together the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large pot. Next add the water and oil. If you‘re adding color, add in the the color now as well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form into a ball. Remove from heat and then place inside a gallon sized bag or onto wax paper. Allow to cool slightly and then knead until smooth.

2. Oobleck

Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid; it has properties of both solid and liquid at the same time!

Ingredients: 1 part water 1.5 to 2 parts cornstarch Small amount of food coloring (optional) Start with the water in a bowl and add the cornstarch a bit at a time. Keep stirring until it has a gooey consistency. You may want to use your hands. It’s a bit of a delicate mixture but at a certain point you will feel like oobleck stick together as solid when you squeeze it and then dissolve as liquid as you let it go. That’s when you know you have Oobleck! 3. Cloud dough / Moon Sand

Whatever you call it, this is a fun and easily made sensory activity. The consistency of the dough is really interesting to feel and hold. It can be powdery like flour one moment, and then moldable like damp sand the next.


4 cups flour

1/2 cup oil

Start with flour in a large bowl. Create a crater in the middle of the flour and pour the oil in the center. Gently mix together.

Have fun playing!!

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