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Toddler Talk: Picasso's Play Dough

Young children are natural abstract artists. They have this innate ability to go with the flow and create with total freedom. Pablo Picasso is the perfect inspiration for an exploration in play dough.

What you will need

A batch of homemade playdough (see below)

An assortment of household items such as buttons, nuts & bolts, washers, marker caps, craft sticks and S-hooks

Optional: white cutting board or plastic table place mat to work on

Step One: I like to put the items out in a beautiful way. It also helps children to learn to classify and sort objects when you organize the items in little compartments. You could use bowls or trays to do this as well. At cleanup time, I ask the children to return their items back to the right spot.

Step Two: Invite your children to make a silly face in the play dough. Model making a wacky face. This can be so much fun! See how many different ways you can create a funny face.

Step Three: Take a photo of the faces the children create. Later, these can be used so the children can name their faces and tell you a story about this silly face!

Nothing beats an afternoon of play dough!

Blue Play Dough


2 cups flour

2 cups colored water (I used Koolaid unsweetened mix for this lovely blue)

1 tablespoon cooking oil

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 cup salt


Place all of the ingredients in a medium-size pan. Cook on medium heat, and stir it until the play dough thickens. Knead the dough until smooth.

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