Pond Play Dough

Pond Play Dough

I try to create different scents and colors of play dough that go along with things we are learning. This week, my daughter's class is working on a pond study. With tea tree oil and watercolors, a pond-themed play dough came together and was a fun way for my children to create little ponds in our home.

2 - 8
Est. Time:
<1 hour

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. flour (2 1/4 cups)
  2. salt (1/2 cup)
  3. cream of tartar (2 tbs)
  4. oil (3 tbs)
  5. tea tree oil
  6. boiling water (1 cup)
  7. liquid watercolor or food color
  8. figurines - frogs, lilly pads and other pond creatures
  1. Add 2 cups flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil and tea tree (few drops) oil to a bowl. A grown-up can pour the boiling water directly into the bowl (try and get it right over the salt) and mix.

  2. Once it cools a little, I hand over the spoon to my daughter so she can start stirring. When a ball forms, dump it onto a flat surface and knead while adding a little of the remaining flour until the dough is no longer sticky.

  3. Divide the dough into three balls and knead your color of choice into each individual ball.

  4. The tea tree oil was the secret ingredient in our pond dough, giving it a great earthy smell.

  5. My daughter loved to build little ponds and show me all the things she has been learning at school.