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.

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

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

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

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

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Done!

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

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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