You and your preschooler can make easy “play-dough” at home!

What you’ll need:

Flour (approx. 2 cups)

Oil (approx. ½ cup)

Bowl & something to mix with

Essential oil (optional)

Directions:

  • Put 1½ cups of flour in a bowl.

  • Add oil 1/8 cup at a time, mixing each time you add. Mix at first with a fork, then as the mixture becomes doughy, use your hands.

  • Keep adding oil until you get a nice, doughy consistency. (If you accidentally add too much oil, just add a bit more flour.)

  • Optional: Add a few drops of essential oils to give the dough a nice fragrance.

  • This will create enough “play-dough” for two children.

  • This craft will require some clean-up, but sometimes it’s fun to get messy!

 

The oil mixes with the flour so it can stay held together enough to shape it however you like. Read below to find out what oil cannot mix with!

 

Teachable moment: Why don’t oil and water mix?

Everything in the world is made up of tiny particles called molecules. Even people! These particles are so small, you can’t even see them. Water molecules have a “polar” charge, and polar molecules are strongly attracted to each other. In fact, polar molecules will ONLY bond with other polar molecules. Oil molecules are “non-polar,” and non-polar molecules also are ONLY attracted to other non-polar molecules. So, since oil and water are only attracted to molecules like themselves, they can’t mix together. But why does the oil float on the water? Water has more molecules packed into it than oil does. This makes water heavier, which is why it sinks below oil when you pour both in the same container. Try it and see!

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