No Bake Play Dough

No Bake Play Dough

Do you need a quick no-bake recipe for play dough? All you need to create a day’s worth of joy are some simple ingredients and some elbow grease! Your preschooler will love helping to create his own bright and cheery play dough!

What You Need:

  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Cold Water
  • Salt
  • Flour (regular or gluten-free)
  • Cornstarch
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Food coloring
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cutting board
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

What You Do:

  1. Show your child how to measure using the measuring cup and measuring spoons. Help him mix together 1 cup of cold water, 1 cup of salt, 2 teaspoons of oil and food coloring to create his favorite color in a bowl.
  2. Slowly have him add the 3 cups of flour and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to the mixture and stir until it starts to feel like bread dough.
  3. Have him place the dough onto the cutting board.
  4. Help him knead the dough until it reaches the correct consistency.

Helpful Tips: You can eliminate the food coloring if you want the dough to stay white. Also, store the dough in tightly-sealed plastic containers to play with again and again!

 No Bake Play Dough!
This way it is always fresh not hard and dried up.
Perfect recipe, if too sticky keep adding a little flour. We made a double batch and separated it at the end to make many colors. It was fun for the kids to watch it change from white to a color the more they played with it.
I’ve asked around at the office, and while we’ve never tried it with gluten-free flour, we think it does! It would probably work best with gluten free regular flour, though, as opposed to gluten-free baking flour (because that has extra ingredients). Hope this helps!

Make a Puppet Theater

Make a Puppet Theater

Set the stage for a series of fun-filled puppet shows with your preschooler by transforming an ordinary cardboard box into a one-of-a-kind, box theater! This puppet theater is a great way to spend quality time with your child while creating a useful play set. Work together in the creation of a stage, scenery, puppets, and storyline inspired by a favorite character, book, or movie. For an added lesson, re-purpose everyday household objects for the art materials used to emphasize being environmentally aware.

What You Need:

  • A large cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Packing tape, or other strong tape
  • Gluemake-a-puppet-theater-
  • Crayons or markers
  • Magazines, newspapers, or fabric samples

What You Do:

  1. Turn the box upside down. Make sure that the opening is on the bottom.
  2. Ask your child to trace a line around the top half of the box on the front side. Extend this line across the center of the box.
  3. Using the scissors, cut the line around the edges of the box. Do not cut through the middle line. This step should be done by an adult.
  4. Fold the top half flap that has been cut down by bending the cardboard at the drawn middle line.
  5. Optional: If you do not want to have to lift the box up and down every time your child uses the puppet theater, have her help you to create a back door. Ask your child to draw a door on the back of the box. Cut out one side and the top of the drawing. Fold the door back to form a flap.
  6. Invite your child to decorate her new theater however she would like. This can be done by drawing with markers or crayons or gluing child-friendly magazine or newspaper pictures onto the box in collage style. For an added flare, decorate with ribbons or pretty pieces of cut fabric.
  7. When the decorations are in place and the glue is dry, she now has a place to perform. Round out your stage by encouraging your child to create a variety of puppets to perform with and multiple backdrop drawings that can be hung inside the box. Finally, enjoy the show!