Snack time at the Green Preschool is educational, healthy, and delicious. We teach the importance of healthy meals that feed the body, the mind, and the soul. Feeding our keiki organic vegetarian meals as well as involving them in the cooking process is something we are proud to teach.
The below recipe will give you about 2 cups worth of really good playdough.
Measure into a medium size sauce pan
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup table salt
1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 – 2 tsp food coloring (Combine colors to get another color: red and yellow will give you orange playdough, etc.)
Mix the above ingredients together by stirring with a large spoon.
1 1/2 cups white flour
3 tsp cream of tartar
Stir together all ingredients. Try to make the mixture as homogenous as possible. Little lumps may form in the mixture, but that is okay.
Cook the mixture on a slightly higher medium heat. Stir the mixture as it heats up and begins to congeal, about 10 minutes. When the mixture has congealed into a ball carefully remove it to a plate and let it cool. When the playdough is cool to touch, kneed it on a hard flat surface (like kneading bread) to make it homogenous and work our any lumps. ( Helpful hint: When cooking the playdough do not leave it unattended. It conceals very quickly and needs to be constantly turned to avoid burning it.)
Your playdough is done! Store in a plastic bag after it is completely cool. If your environment is humid leave the top of the bag open so the playdough doesn’t get too sticky. If your environment is dry, close the bag.
These measures are double the amount of the above recipe. It’s a amount that we make at our school for a class of 6 students.
Combine in a large cooking pot:
3 Cups water
1 1/2 Cup salt
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil (canola is good)
1 – 2 Tsp food coloring
Most of the food that we serve at The Green Preschool in Kailua is organic and as much as possible, locally sourced at the farmer’s market. The children help with meal preparation by cutting the food for our daily “snack” — a complete meal: including a main grain or entree, a non-meat protein, organic milk and four fresh fruits or vegetables.