How to set up a Play Dough Center in your preschool, pre-k, Head Start or kindergarten classroom.
How do you organize your play dough center?
The picture below shows how the play dough center is organized. There is a tub for each type of tool and they are clearly labeled. Materials are available on a counter so students can stand. Tasks like rolling lend themselves well to a standing position. Young children don’t have much upper body strength and they usually end up standing when they play with dough even if chairs are provided because standing allows them a better angle at which to roll the dough.
What materials do you keep in your play dough center?
The picture below shows close up photos of each bin in my play dough center and the materials in those bins.
How to Use Floor Tiles in the Play Dough Center
Read more about how you can use inexpensive floor tiles in the play dough center on the blog HERE.
Play Dough I Can Cards
Download the Play Dough I Can Task Cards on the blog HERE.
In the picture above a student practices making his name with play dough using the name cards provided in the play dough center. There are also Alphabet Dough Stampers from Lakeshore available in this center so students can stamp their names and the names of their friends.
Play Dough Mat Printables
Click on the pictures below to download the free play dough mats.
5 Little Pumpkins Counting Mat
Download the 5 Little Pumpkin Play Dough Counting Mats HERE.
Play Dough Recipe
Making your own play dough is always better than buying it. Homemade play dough lasts longer than store bought and it is softer and more pliable. I have tried using store bought brands in class and I notice that the children are much more eager to play in the play dough center if it is homemade. Here is my favorite play dough recipe below:
- 2 cups white flour
- ¼ cup cream of tartar*
- ½ cup salt
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 cups water
- food coloring
Mix dry ingredients together in a medium pot. Add water and vegetable oil. Cook and stir over medium heat three to five minutes. When it begins to form a ball in the center of the pot, remove from heat and let cool in pot. Add food coloring of your choice (you may want to wear gloves and an apron for this part!) Store in an airtight container.
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