Whip up a batch of Homemade Easter play dough in the softest shades of spring!
If you’ve been following along with us, you know how much I love coming up with themed play dough ideas! Today, I’m sharing the Easter play dough activity we had going on yesterday. My toddlers and preschoolers loved it.
Older kids will love our Painted Clay Dough Egg Decorating Activity.
First, you’ll need to need to make your Easter playdough!
Softest No-Cook PlayDough Recipe
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tbsp cream of tartar
- 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
- food colouring
- few drops glycerine (optional – makes it silky)
- Combine the dry ingredients and the oil in a large heat-proof bowl or pot.
- Add food colouring to the water and then add the coloured water to the bowl/pot.
- Stir until combined (will be sticky).
- Knead in the glycerine. Continue to knead until ingredients are well blended (2-3 minutes).
- Store in air tight container. Will keep for months.
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Getting the colours right for Easter:
The secret to getting these soft, pastel colours is to use very little food colouring. I used Wilton Icing Gels. I added just a tiny bit at a time, kneading it in until I was happy with the colour of my dough. The Wilton Gels tend to intensify over time, so when you’re going for soft colours, less is more!
Just look at the gorgeous spring shades of this playdough! Aren’t they pretty?
Time to play!
Tools for your Easter playdough activities:
Don’t think you’re limited to cookie cutters and rolling pins when playing with play dough! Think of interesting and unique items to provide for exploration! You can use almost anything. For our Easter themed play, we used:
- plastic Easter eggs
- glass vase fillers
- craft foam flowers
- googly eyes
- craft feathers
- egg cups
- coloured buttons
- along with plastic knives, scissors, rolling pins and cookie cutters
The girls had a great time creating easter bunnies with the googly eyes, buttons and feathers.
And they pressed and rolled the foam flowers into the dough to make imprints.
They filled the plastic eggs with dough, and explored all of the materials while decorating their dough. It was a true sensory experience.
Providing a variety of tools and materials allows kids to get really creative!
Have a look through your craft supplies to see what other supplies you can set out with your playdough activity! Craft sticks, plastic straws, candles, beads, cocktail toothpicks! The sky’s the limit!
When you think outside the box, you’ll come up with all kinds of ideas!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.