Homemade, Non-toxic, Bake-able Play Dough

Our Countries and Cultures curriculum has brought us to the wonderful continent of Africa.  In the spirit of unit studies, we’re doing things like reading a biography of an African missionary, writing creative compositions about lions, playing a geography game requiring correct identification of African countries, listening to African music, and doing fun African art projects. . .which brings me to the topic of this post.

Today’s art project was to make African animals using a very simple homemade dough recipe included in the book, A Trip Around the World: Bringing Cultural Awareness to Your Classroom with Activities Across the Curriculum.

The dough was so simple that I wanted to be sure to post it here so that I could find it again.

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix:

•4 cups flour
•2 cups salt
•2 cups water

After it is mixed, the dough can be formed into shapes, placed on foil, and baked at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

Below are our baked dough animals. The discerning African safari-goer can spot lions, giraffes, snakes, and even a gazelle.

Once the shapes have cooled completely, they can even be painted.  The book says acrylic paint works best.  Since we had limited acrylic colors, we also used glitter glue paint pens and some fabric paint. The acrylics definitely worked best.

We only used part of the dough for our animals, so I wrapped our leftover dough in plastic wrap.  The uncooked dough will has kept great.

We’ll be using this one again for sure!


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