Dinosaurs, snakes, and eggs, oh my!

12 May

No, we are not taking a prehistoric tour, although you could if you wanted to!  It is play dough time. Remember my previous comment about jello on a previous post?  If you are on pinterest you may have seen this, if not, the secret ingredient to this recipe is jello!

Here is the link to the recipe I used http://www.playdoughrecipe.org/playdough-recipes/jello-playdough-recipe/Ingredients/items needed:


I find that after cooking the play dough the color changes  as well as the smell. The most appealing have been the cherry and berry blue as far as smell and color goes. So far we have tried red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Purple comes out grey (not very appealing) but one could add glitter or additional dye if desired.

This particular project is great because children can help with all but the cooking portion. I have found this project has many opportunities for discussion. Mack is to the point now that we have made it so many times he knows the ingredients by heart. I ask him what we need and then get it down from the cupboard/drawers. He looks back at the table to see what is missing (sometimes I will give him a clue that there is one item missing.). He knows everything we need down to the pot, spoon, bowl, and measuring spoons! Discussion suggestions :

  • math skills (children can count as you measure)
  • large motor/small motor
  • pouring
  • spatial relations
  • colors (and mixing of)
  • liquids/solids
  • homogeneous mixtures
  • where do the items come from (flour from wheat)? (this can lead to many discussions on gardening/farming, etc.)

Now for the picture tutorial Gather all your ingredients

Measure one cup of flour, pour into bowl

Add two Tablespoons Cream of Tarter

Add two Tablespoons of Salt

Add 1 cup of water + 2 Tablespoons of oil

Add the jello and stir all together

Add extra coloring now, if desired.

Beautiful yellow!

On to part 2. Cooking and completion of the dough

See the slide show below for a picture tutorial.

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What a fun post!

What was your favorite feature of this post (trying out new things with format, etc)?

Have a favorite play dough recipe to share?

Explore your world today!

Nanny G

P.s.  All fixed! It appears as if my pictures dissapeared on this post. Unfortunately, I am not certain how they did or for how long.  I would be very appreciative if you see anything amiss in my blog to leave me a comment.


2 Responses to “Dinosaurs, snakes, and eggs, oh my!”

  1. samiamnan May 17, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    What a great idea. Appreciate you stopping by. I will give this a try and post on it later! 🙂


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