Real Recipes – Play Dough!

Arts and crafts are great for young learners. Get cooking and using these “real recipes” to create some clay and play dough for language learning.

Get the students to challenge each other by moulding something while the others guess what it is! Or, create combination things to practice compound words “dog chair”  or a Bat plane”  Enjoy these delicious “real recipes”!

Magic Clay

2 2/3 C. Water
1 C. cornstarch
1/2 C. cold water

Heat the 1st measure of water over low heat until bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in the cornstarch that you have dissolved in the 1/2/ C. cold water. Stir quickly. Mix with hands if needed. Mold into desired shapes. Dry for 36 hours and paint.


Sand Sculpture

2 C. fine white sand
1 C cornstarch
1 C. water

Mix ingredients together in old saucepan over low heat stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Let mixture cool. Store in airtight container. Mold as wanted and let air dry 2-3 days. Paint as desired.



2 C. flour
1 C salt
4 tbs. creme of tartar
2 tbs. oil
2 C. water
2 pkgs. of unsweetened koolaid (for color and smell)

Cook above ingredients over medium heat mixing thoroughly and stirring constantly until dough pulls aways from the edge of the saucepan. Turn onto counter and knead warm dough until smooth. When cool, store in an airtight container.

Author: Teaching Recipes Staff
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