Playdough Play and Geography
Learning through play is a great way to introduce earth science concepts. Today we’re playing with homemade playdough and making a diy model earth. We’ll count the continents, name the oceans, and talk about landmarks on each continent.
Making playdough at home is a fun early learning activity that introduces math concepts and gets kids in the kitchen learning to combine ingredients in a recipe. My kids love homemade playdough more than store bought because they love mixing the ingredients together!
- 2 Cups Flour
- 1 Cup Hot Water
- 1/2 Cup Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
- 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- Green and Blue Food Coloring
The playdough earth is made from two separate batches of playdough. You can either make two whole batches, one green, one blue, or you can divide the recipe in half. Below are the directions for one full batch of playdough.
- Combine the flour, salt, Cream of Tartar, vegetable oil and a few drops of green food coloring in a bowl. Slowly stir in 1 cup of hot water and continue adding water until you have the desired consistency for playdough.
- Shape the playdough into a ball and knead on a hard surface adding flour as necessary to any leftover sticky spots. You can also fold in more color at this time if you’d like a darker hue.
Repeat these steps for a second batch of playdough using blue food coloring.
Making a DIY Model Earth
Our earth is made up of mostly water, so we started by shaping the blue playdough into a ball. Next, we flattened the green playdough and created continents. I did this activity with my kindergartener and preschooler, so our continents weren’t exactly accurate, but more importantly, they had fun!
Once we made our continents we added them to our blue ball of playdough. If you have older kids doing this project they can be more exact with the sizes and shapes of the continents. Use a pencil to mark the equator and write the names of countries and continents.
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