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Another season—another idea for play dough: Spring Play Dough.

After experimenting with using powdered tempera to add color to the basic play dough recipe, the next plan was to create springtime colors.

Initiate conversation about springtime by reading Psalm 74:17—God made summer and winter. Comment that God also made spring and fall. Talk About the current season—spring.


Supplies for Spring Play Dough:

  • ingredients and supplies for play dough recipe

(See underlined items in recipe printed below.)

Note: Prepare copies of the recipe to give to parents.


Spring Play Dough

Basic Play Dough Recipe:

1 cup flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 tablespoon powdered tempera—white and colors*

                  *Use colors such as blue, green, pink, purple, red, and yellow, white powdered tempera to each color to create pastel shades. Add one tablespoon of colored tempera for each basic play dough recipe.

1 tablespoons cooking oil

1/2 cup salt

1 cup water

Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and powdered tempera together. Mix

the cooking oil in the water and add to the dry ingredients. Stir with wooden

spoon and pour mixture in a nonstick pan. (Ingredients may be mixed in the pan.)


Stir constantly until dough pulls away from the sides of pan. This process takes

about 3 minutes. Empty dough onto waxed paper. Knead until smooth and cool.

Store in a zip-lock bag.

Teaching Tips:

  • Talk to a child about springtime colors.
  • Make a list of things God made to see in the spring.
  • Guide a child to name favorite things to do in the spring.
  • Give copies of the recipe to parents to encourage parents to make and use play dough at home.
  • Consider making play dough for a home visit to an absentee or prospect.




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