By Jennifer Landrieu, Director

Play Dough KidsDo you want to strengthen your child’s fine motor skills?

One of the best and easiest ways to strengthen the small muscles in their hands is to let them play with PLAYDOUGH!

During free play and center times, our students can roll, poke, cut, and create with it. They can use rolling pins, cookie cutters, and pipe cleaners to change the dough or mix two colors together to make new colors.

Worried about a mess at home? Line a cookie sheet with tinfoil and let your child play with the dough at the kitchen table.

Here are a few of the recipes we use at the Preschool:

Traditional Playdough Recipe

Playdough Hands

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp. cream of tarter
  • 2 tbs. oil
  • Food coloring

Mix all ingredients together. Cook on stove over medium heat. Stir constantly until mixture becomes a ball. Remove from heat, knead. Store in air-tight container.

Gluten-Free Playdough Recipe for Allergy Classes


  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Food coloring

Mix ingredients. Cook and stir on low heat for 3 minutes or until it forms a ball. Cool completely before storing in a sealable bag/container.