For this recipe, you'll need:
- 4 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups salt
- 2 TBSP oil
- 1 cup hot water
- Food coloring
Then, we added 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil to each bowl.
And a few drops of food coloring. The purple didn't come out quite as vivid as I'd hoped, so next time I would definitely add a few more drops! By the way, this is a great time to bring in some science with color mixing and some math by counting the number of drops with young children.
In a large bowl, we added the 4 cups of flour and 1 1/2 cups of salt. The kids love measuring and pouring, which is teaching them valuable math skills.
We mixed up the bowls with a good stir...
And then dumped them onto a floured table (using our leftover mix) and began kneading.
This is where you may have to add a few drops of water or a little more of the flour mix to get just the right consistency. Each of our doughs had a different feel to them. Some of the kids preferred theirs to be a bit stickier, which others wanted a more "moon dough" feel. Either way they were happy with the results.
So, what did we do with our dough? We rolled, and kneaded, and built up our hand muscles making cookie cutter shapes.
We cut the dough with plastic knives and spreaders, and used our dough for scissor practice.
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