One of our favorite thematic units is the Senses. It’s perfect for all of the sights, sounds, and smells of fall and it’s also a great way to start off the school year. We plan center activities that incorporate multiple senses, that are inviting and of course fun! This Apple Cinnamon Play Dough is a perfect Senses center.
Our favorite play dough recipe is very adaptable. We make it magical at the beginning of the year and we add cocoa powder to it to make pretend ice cream for our dramatic play ice cream parlor. There are infinite possibilities.
The best thing about this dough is that it is very soft and pliable. The tricky part is that it is a cooked dough. That means that I always make it the night before. The preschoolers can’t really help with it. We do lots of other cooking in class (like this applesauce and our favorite banana bread), so it is okay that we aren’t cooking the play dough.
We also have to plan ahead a little because it requires cream of tartar. I don’t like to buy it at the grocery store because it’s overpriced, so I keep this huge 2-pound container of it (that I order HERE) on hand at all times!
Because we are learning about the Senses, we try to find activities that incorporate multiple senses. Of course we can explore this Apple Cinnamon Play Dough with our sense of touch, but when we use this recipe, we can see the specks of cinnamon and it is also fantastic for our sense of smell. (It is not good for the sense of taste, though. It’s safe, but definitely not edible!)
To make the dough, mix these ingredients:
1Tbsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup salt
1 cup apple cider
2 Tbsp oil
1 cup flour
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
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