My girls say this strawberry jello play dough recipe smells like sweeties and lollipops! The recipe makes a great textured dough which, added to a tray of loose parts, can turn into an afternoon of fantastic creative play.
Strawberry jello play dough recipe
We first made up the jello according to the packet instructions – which was great fun and perfect for practicing scissor skills.
Then we adapted the easy play dough recipe and used:
3 cups plain / all purpose flour (more flour than usual as the jello changes the mixture – have some extra in case you need more)
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups jello liquid
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
Mix it all together in a large bowl to form a dough, and you’re ready to play
We had three generations of our family joining in this playtime, including Grandma and my one-year-old nephew, who was having his first introduction to the delights of dough!
One of the great things about play dough is that it’s such a versatile material that anyone, of any age, can play and create with it.
I set out a tray of red and pink loose parts:
:: drinking straws
:: painted pasta pieces
:: cup cake cases
:: bottle tops and lids
:: some fridge magnet alphabet letters.
Anything goes really!
The idea with loose parts is to just provide a selection of different and interesting materials, then everyone can dive in and use them however their imagination suggests.
The possibilities are endless! You might make a birthday cake…
or try some printing…
roll out some tracks…
discover that penne makes a fab zigzag shape…
or create a three dimensional sculpture.
Learning with play pough
Whatever the children make with the play dough and loose parts, they will be:
:: expressing their thoughts creatively
:: developing fine motor skills and nimble fingers
:: exploring shapes, dimensions and mathematical ideas
:: benefiting from the sensory pleasure of the dough, which feels and especially smells fantastic
:: joining in a whole group activity but with the opportunity to do their own thing
:: having fun!