Summer is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean learning has to stop. You can make your very own homemade playdough with a patriotic twist and expand your children’s learning and sensory fun at home. This playdough recipe offers variations for learning sight words, patriotic vocabulary, a flag, and learning letters!
Kids will have a blast playing with this homemade playdough. Store it in an airtight container and it will last for weeks.
How to make Patriotic Homemade Playdough:
- Cream of tartar
- Vegetable oil
- Food coloring (we used red and blue)
- Small storage container
We recommend following along with our classic homemade playdough recipe here – it’s easy to make and ready in less than 10 minutes.
Mix your dry ingredients and then add the wet a little at a time to keep your dough from being too sticky. We’ve found that bleached flour works better than unbleached, and you want to use all-purpose flour rather than cake flour or bread flour.
Add in the food coloring before you heat your playdough to ensure it mixes in. For bold colors like this red and blue, you’ll want to add a lot of gel food coloring.
Tips for Making Homemade Playdough
We’ve made a lot of homemade playdough in our time. These tips will maximize your playdough success.
If your dough is a bit sticky, you can add a little more flour. We found that using this gel food coloring makes brighter colors than using liquid food coloring.
Once your playdough is completely cool, spend some time kneading it. This will make it even softer and help give it a “finished” look.
Making white dough at home is a little trickier. You’ll want to make sure you’re using bleached flour and the lightest color of vegetable oil possible. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a dough that’s a bit yellow.
Activities to Do with Your Patriotic Playdough
Playdough can be more than just a sensory experience. We like to use playdough as a learning tool for preschoolers and kindergarten kids. We did three fun patriotic variations with our homemade playdough:
Playdough Sight Words
We used alphabet beads and our playdough to spell out patriotic sight words. For some weird reason, our alphabet blocks didn’t have any Cs in them, so we were limited in the words we could spell. But my kids enjoyed spelling these patriotic words:
- July Fourth
- Independence Day
- United States
You can also use alphabet beads to spell out other non-patriotic sight words, too.
Roll out your red, white, and blue playdough and make it into a 3D flag. If you make it big enough, you might be able to add all 50 state stars!
Roll out the playdough and use it to form letters and numbers if your kids aren’t old enough for sight words. The act of rolling out the dough builds fine motor skills, and it’s a fun alternative to just making playdough snails.
I hope you and your children enjoy these fun Patriotic homemade playdough activity ideas just as much as we did.
Leave a comment and tell me what your children loved and if you came up with any of your own homemade playdough activities.