Fall is my favorite season. And as a preschool teacher, it’s also the time to teach some of my favorite lesson themes. My absolute favorite? Apples!!
For my apple theme, I decided to make a few changes my favorite simple play dough recipe, and I’m so glad I did!
For the basic recipe, this play dough has only TWO ingredients. That’s right, I said two. And together they cost under $3 to make enough play dough for 20 children. And you don’t have to cook anything.
Yes, I am serious.
Just mix them together, and it makes a fantastic play dough!! The texture really can’t be beat. Slightly firm, but oozes between your fingers like the cornstarch mixtures often do, but without the gooey mess than results from playing with just cornstarch and water. Other great benefits? It smells fantastic! You can use any scent of conditioner you like, so this can be more than just apple play dough! It can be anything you want! You could even use two different types to create your own scents. It’s also very gentle on your skin, so children with sensitivities can most likely play with this dough without issue. (But please test first, of course.)
I added red food coloring and a bunch of cinnamon to my batch to make this really awesome apple play dough! So fantastic, and my students loved it!
Until recently, I thought this dough had one major downfall…. during play, it tends to dry out quickly. This can be remedied by adding a bit more conditioner, but I thought it meant it wouldn’t be able to be stored. I had the students throw their lumps of play dough away when they were finished, but I kept mine in a baggie to bring home and take pictures of so I could share this with you guys!
And then I forgot and left it in my purse for three days or so. (Note: My purse smelled fantastic!)
I put it on my hallways shelf, and forgot it for another several days.
I was sure it was ruined and I’d have to make a new batch to photograph, but low and behold… It’s still play dough!!
It’s not as much fun after a week or so, but I’m sure if I added more conditioner even at this point, it’d be perfect again. I wish I could have gotten some photos of how it oozes through your fingers but stays intact, but you will have to try it yourself to see!