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Free Craft Project for Preschool and Older Kids

Creating Your Own Playdough Kit 
by Brandie Valenzuela

It is hard to find a child who doesn't love to play with doughs and clays. And as a mom of three, I know that playdough can become a mom's best or worst friend -- it all depends on how you handle it.

In our home, we created a playdough kit. This kit contained all of the essential items needed for creative play with this fun substance, and when it was time to play, the kit came out and when playtime was over, away it went until next time. We had very specific rules for the playdough kit and I can say with all honesty that never has my carpet or tables been ruined by their doughy creations.

Follow these directions and you too can have a fun activity ready to go at all time for your little ones:

You will need the following:

1) A large plastic tub or storage container with a lid.
2) A fresh supply of playdough or clay -- can be homemade or store bought.
3) Inexpensive or old cookie cutters
4) Cutting utensils such as plastic butter knives, pizza cutters, etc.
5) Plastic coated placemats to protect their work surface
6) Optional: garlic press, forks, melon baller, rolling pin, or other items.

I enjoyed making homemade playdough with my children for their kit. Not only does this give you a fun and education activity with your children, it is inexpensive. Here is one good technique for making your own playdough:

1 cup Flour
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Salt
2 tablespoon Cream of tartar
1 tablespoon Oil

Cook until ingredients start to clump together. Turn out onto a plate or piece of wax paper, and knead in food coloring if you wish.

After making the dough, we would store it in large zipper style plastic bags, that would then be placed inside the large storage container. If sealed properly, the bags will keep the dough fresh and pliable for 1-2 weeks, possibly even a little bit longer. When the dough did start to dry out, it was easy to whip up another batch or two.

In the storage container, we also placed all of our other goodies. While I did give you suggestions above as to what to put in your kit, it is really up to you. You may have some great ideas that are perfect for creating with. The standard items in our kit were always dull butter knives, pizza cutters, rolling pin, and cookie cutters. We also made sure that there was always a plastic coated placemat for each child could work on.

One of the most important things to me when it came to putting together my children's playdough kit, was that they could truly create -- and that no one was telling them how something "should" look, unless they really wanted to know. I found that allowing them plenty of free time to design and explore with their dough, encouraged them to create those things that only their minds could dream of.

Another important issue -- which helped me to keep my sanity -- was clearly defined rules. In our home, the kit was in a place that was low enough so that the children could initiate their own activities with it, but they also knew that misuse of the items would cause me to put it away. We had rules such as:

~No playdough off of the placemats
~If you drop dough, you must pick it up right away
~Only 5 minutes per tool if someone else would like to use it
~Everyone cleans up their own space

Of course, you will want to create your own rules and guidelines that will fit the needs of your home. You will find that because the playdough kit is so easily portable and it all contained within the storage box, it was easy to remove the kit when play is out of hand and put it away for a specified amount of time.

2001 - Brandie Valenzuela 

About The Author:

Brandie is a freelance writing mother of three children. She is also the editor of the Family First Newsletter.

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