Best Homemade Sensory Playdough Recipe

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Best Homemade Sensory Playdough Recipe

What kid doesn’t love playdough? We don’t know any! But what’s even more fun than playdough is sensory playdough! Our Kindergarten teacher Nicole Petrillo made homemade sensory playdough with her class and shared her recipe, and some things to do with it, with us. Enjoy!

Ms. Nicole Petrillo’s Homemade Sensory Playdough Recipe

2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp cream of tartar

Mix all ingredients heat and stir over low heat until it all comes together and pulls away from the side of the pot. Remove from heat and let cool until cool enough to handle. Store in an air-tight container.

To dye the playdough, use food coloring drops. Make an indent in the middle of the playdough so that it looks like a volcano, and add a few drops of food coloring. Knead the food coloring into the dough. If the color is not to your liking, you may add as you go!
We made cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and mint playdough. I used cinnamon extract and cinnamon spice, pumpkin pie spice extract, and mint extract to make them smell. Instead of extracts, you could also use essential oils or spices. 
Add the extracts/oils/spices just as you added the food coloring, a little at a time and knead it in thoroughly.
We also decided to play with texture and add some dried lentils and beans to our finished playdough. You could add rice, barley, beads, or anything else that will add a different texture element to the playdough! 
When we first finished the playdough, we were extremely excited to play with it, so we got right to it! We also had a lot of fun closing our eyes and guessing what playdough is in front of us using our sense of smell and touch. We are going to create tools to use to create different textures in our playdough using a variety of materials – buttons, string, and hot glue patterns on popsicle sticks.