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Preschoolers enjoy using play dough at church! Preschoolers enjoy using play dough at home!

Teachers can enjoy preparing bags of play dough to send home with boys and girls. This is a way to extend Bible teaching beyond the  room at church. Imagine boys and girls talking to their parents about using play dough at church and being able to bring home a bag of play dough.

Include a copy of the recipe in each bag to help parents know how to make play dough.


Supplies for Take-Home Play Dough:

  • ingredients and supplies for play dough recipe (See underlined items in recipe printed below.)
  • zip-lock bags
  • white address labels/pen or marker
  • printed copies of recipe

Play Dough

Basic Play Dough Recipe:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup water

Mix the flour, salt, and cream of tartar 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.

Note: If using a computer, “copy and paste” the above recipe several times on a page; print copies. Cut apart recipe to place a copy in each bag of take-home play dough.

Teaching Tips:

  • Provide small bags of play dough for each child to use at a table.
  • Stick a white address label on each bag ; print the child’s name on the label. Explain that he can take the play dough home at the end of the session.
  • Give each child a copy of the play dough recipe to put in his bag. Talk about making play dough at home.
  • Remind preschoolers that God gave them hands. Say: “God loves you (Psalm 119:73).. Pray, thanking God for boys and girls and things they can do.


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