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Play dough is a favorite activity for preschoolers and something that can be used in a variety of ways. Naming the play dough Valentine  Play Dough calls attention to the popular holiday in

February.   A child can enjoy using his hands to roll and shape the play dough. Include conversation about friends to remind boys and girls that the


Bible says A friend loves at all times (Proverbs 17:17).


Supplies for Valentine Play Dough:

          • ingredients and supplies for play dough recipe

        (See underlined items in recipe printed below.)

          • 1 small bottle red food color


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




 Valentine 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.


1. Make one recipe of Basic Play Dough for “white” play dough. Mix

ingredients and prepare according to directions for cooking and storing.


2.    Prepare another recipe of Basic Play Dough; add: 1 small bottle red food



Mix ingredients and prepare according to directions for cooking and storing.

Roll the dough into long “rope” shapes. Use one roll of “white” play dough and

one roll of red play dough to twist and shape into a heart. Show a child

how to use a ball of play dough to start making the “rope.” When guiding a child

to shape the play dough, refer to the rolls as “ropes” rather than “snakes.” Talk

about seeing heart shapes during the month with the holiday, Valentine’s Day.


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