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Space Play Dough Recipe

3… 2… 1… Blast off! This Space Play Dough recipe is out-of-this-world! Easy-to-make play dough recipes like this are a fun way to add more sensory play into your day! 

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Space Play Dough:

Sensory activities can be an important part of play for kids because they help them develop their senses and fine motor skills. They also allow kids to explore, investigate, experiment, and more!

Not only can this simple play dough recipe be used in fun sensory activities, but it would be a star-tastic addition to your space unit too.

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What Are The Benefits Of Playing With Play Dough?

People might find it strange that we would say play dough is beneficial for children because it is just a lump of clay that they squish in their hands. But if you think about it more carefully, you’ll see how beneficial the experience can be.

Some of the most important benefits are developing a child’s fine motor skills, feeling and knowing what textures feel like, and learning about shapes and colors.

Getting Ready To Make Space Play Dough:

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What’s Needed:

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Mixing Spoon
  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • ½ Cup of Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cream of Tarter
  • 1 to 1 1/2 Cups of Boiling Water
  • Green, Red, and Blue Food Coloring
  • Medium Pot
  • Gold Glitter

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How To Make Space Play Dough:

To begin making this play dough recipe, mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and oil in a large mixing bowl.

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Next, add each color of the food coloring in equal parts to the boiling water. Then, add the dry ingredients to the boiling water.

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After adding the ingredients, stir continuously until the mixture is well combined.

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After the mixture is combined, allow it to cool down. The most important part of the process is to take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until it is no longer sticky.

If it remains a little sticky, add a little more flour until it has your desired consistency.

Then, add about a ¼ cup of gold glitter. Finally, continue to knead it for 2 minutes to evenly mix the glitter through the dough thoroughly.

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How To Use Space Play Dough:

There are many different ways to use this sensory recipe! Just add star-shaped cookie cutters and play dough tools for hours of fun. 

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Your young learners can also use these Space Letter Writing Mats and the dough to practice forming capital letters.

Your kids are sure to have a blast making and playing with this simple Space Play Dough



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Print the Recipe:

Space Play Dough

Space Play Dough

Your kids are sure to have a blast making and playing with this easy-to-make play dough recipe.

Ingredients

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Mixing Spoon
  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • ½ Cup of Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cream of Tarter
  • 1 to 1 1/2 Cups of Boiling Water
  • Green, Red, and Blue Food Coloring
  • Medium Pot
  • Gold Glitter

Instructions

    Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and oil in a large mixing bowl.


    Add each color of the food coloring in equal parts to the boiling water first
    before adding into the dry ingredients.


    Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough.


    Allow it to cool down, and then take it out of the bowl, kneading it vigorously
    for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. (This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect
    consistency.)


    If it remains a little sticky, then add a touch more flour until your desired consistency is reached.


    Finish by adding about ¼ cup gold glitter and continue to knead for 2 minutes to evenly mix the glitter through the dough thoroughly.

Notes

For more play dough recipes, visit STEAM Ideas for Kids!

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