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Tuesday, 31 July 2012 03:46

Gooey Indoor Fun

Are you looking for some indoor ideas to occupy your children during the “dog days” of summer? How about some fun parent-child activities for rainy afternoons? If you’re tired of traditional craft ideas, you could try making your own fun! Following are several play dough recipes and a goop recipe at the end.


Play dough is a wonderful invention that you can purchase or make yourself. Play dough is great fun while being a therapeutic and enriching learning experience! Our staff suggest:

-        Practice cutting skills and utensil use

-        Form into letters

-        Squish it with toes to strengthen

-        Practice articulation by making shapes for words

-        Put pieces on fingers to isolate finger movement and practice counting

-        Combine with creative lay using action figures

-        Make patterns using different colors and shapes

-        Practice sequencing by making things first, next and last

-        Hide things in the play dough and search for them


Basic Play Dough Recipe

1.5 cups flour

¾ tsp salt

1 tbs alum

1.5 cups boiling water


Mix ingredients with food coloring and 2 tbs oil. Store in ziplock bags.


Gluten-free Play Dough Recipes:

Koolaid Playdough

2 cups rice flour

1 tsp. xanthan gum

1 cup salt

3 tablespoons oil

1 teaspoon cream of tarter

2 packages unsweetened Koolaid (pick the color you like)

2 cups boiling water


Mix all together. Once cool take out of pan and knead well. Then place in Ziploc bag in the refrigerator.


Cornmeal Playdough

This is a textured dough and will be yellow


1 ½ cups corn flour

1 cup corn meal

1 cup salt

½ cup corn starch

1 cup hot water plus 2 Tablespoons

1 T oil


Mix all ingredients until smooth. Add water as necessary to make more soft and smooth. Store in Ziploc bag for up to a month.


Cornstarch Play Dough

1 cup baking soda

1 cup water

1cup cornstarch


Mix baking soda, water and cornstarch in a saucepan over low heat and stir until mixture becomes very thick. Add liquid watercolor or food coloring. Remove from heat, knead until smooth. Store in Ziploc Bag in refrigerator for up to a month.



           Goop can be a science and sensory project if you include the kids when mixing. Give children practice with social skills by taking turns adding ingredients and mixing ingredients with their hands. Goop gives children practice with strengthening fine motor skills when they squish it. Children get a sensory experience by feeling the slimy texture. This activity gives children an opportunity to experience science by watching how mixing the three ingredients together make goop.


Basic Goop Recipe

2 cups white glue

2 cups plus 2/3 cup water

2 tablespoons Borax

Food coloring


Mix together 2 cups glue and 2 cups water. In separate cup dissolve 2 T. Borax in the 2/3 cup water. Pour half of mixture into glue mixture and mix with hands. Let the children each take turns putting their hands in the mixture and squishing it. Add rest of water/borax mixture and mix again.

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