Family Art Activity #7: Homemade Playdough & Process-Oriented Artmaking
In this art activity designed for children of all ages, we’ll make our own playdough and discuss the developmental benefits of being process-oriented when we make art. This video also includes ideas for found-object sculptures that use playdough, as well as using playdough for observational drawing activities for older children.
Flour, salt, water, vegetable oil, cream of tartar, tools for cutting and making textures
Found objects for making sculptures, pencil and paper for drawing
4 cups flour
2 cups salt
8 tsp cream of tartar
4 cups water
4 Tbsp oil
Food coloring, liquid watercolor, finger paints, tempera paint to color playdough
Mix the dry ingredients together in a big pot. Add the wet ingredients. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. When your mixture is stiff and difficult to stir, turn it
onto a table and knead it until it becomes elastic. Store in an airtight container or plastic bag. Do not refrigerate.