Everyone knows that here at Little Learners South Colchester, we are BIG fans of playdough! We use it at every session and it’s always a popular material. Better yet, you can make your own at home with this Sensory Sand Dough Recipe!
I have been using TikTok recently to explore new sensory experiences and found the following recipe for sand dough – it’s a super soft version of playdough that is brilliant for mark making as it prints so well. I tweaked the quantities a bit to get my perfect texture and thought I’d share it with you….
You will need:
2 cups flour
2 cups play sand
1 cup salt
2 tbsp cream of tartar
2 tbps oil (I used sunflower)
2 cups boiling water
Mix all of the dry ingredients together – I sieved everything first to make it a super smooth dough. Add in the oil and mix gently before adding in the water to combine together.
The mixture is quite sticky. Flour your work surface and then knead the dough until it is a smooth consistency, adding more flour if necessary.
This dough will keep in a sealed container or ziplock bag for several weeks. It can also be made in advance and be frozen (I get it out the night before).
Try using a variety of equipment to press into it – not just cutters, but small animals, shells and everyday objects – you might be able to identify some of the items I pressed into my dough in the picture below!
If you want to try out some more activities like this sand dough, why not book a Little Learners session here. Our educationally led messy play sessions combine mark making and educational activities alongside creatively led crafts, helping your little one develop and nurture their early writing skills!