This muddy playdough recipe simply uses food coloring to turn regular homemade playdough into muddy playdough! Perfect with bug investigation for kids.
We LOVE play dough! It’s the perfect sensory medium as kids can really hone in on their fine motor skills and practice creative thinking. This recipe for muddy playdough is perfect for so many different uses, especially for my 3 little nature explorers!
Muddy Playdough Recipe and Bug Investigation
This muddy playdough recipe can be used with nature imprints, bug imprints, or even mixed with water to make a real mud feel! Check out below how we make the play dough, and how we use our plastic bugs to make some bug fossils, like these on No Time for Flashcards.
A Muddy Playdough Recipe
3 ½ cups Flour
3 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar
½ cup Salt
3 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. Vegetable Oil
2 cups Boiling Water
How to make Muddy Playdough
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cream of tartar, salt, 3 tablespoons of oil, and the food coloring.
Add in the boiling water and mix well until all combined.
Add the 1 teaspoon of oil and knead the playdough for 1-2 minutes.
Create Bug Imprints in the Muddy Playdough
Press out small pieces of the dough into rounds and find some toy bugs, nature treasures, and more to press into it!
We love to investigate what bugs or other animals are shaped like by pressing them into play dough. Grab a mini magnifying glass to really make this bug investigation fun!
Enjoy the many different uses for your muddy playdough, and appreciate the rich sensory experience you are providing your children!
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Enjoy learning in one of the best, and most fun, ways possible!