Learning from Home: Week 1 Activities

Jan 13, 2021Home Learning

This week’s activity is making and playing with playdough. We have not been able to use playdough at nursery all year due to COVID cross-infection but, as you will only be doing this in your own small home bubble, it will be completely safe!

The learning with playdough is fantastic –

  • Developing small motor skills – using fingers and hands.
  • Science – noticing change in materials when making/cooking.
  • Imagination and Role play – making food/animals/people/stories.
  • Maths – using cutters to make shapes or sticks (collected from a walk or your garden or use match sticks) for counting and number.

Above all – have fun and be safe with the boiling water when making!

Playdough Recipe

You need:

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • food colouring (optional)
  • few drops glycerine (optional- adds more shine!)


  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the boiling water
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the food colouring and glycerine (both optional)
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
  • (If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right)


You can store this play dough in an air tight container for at least 6 months. If you live in a humid climate you might need to store it in the fridge and out of sunlight.

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