KinderKids are so excited to be in school and so scared all at the same time. I do not start the first day with names on their tables (even in second and third grade I let them pick their spot that first day). I have them put their stuff on a chair and then come join me on the carpet. We sing, I take roll, I tell them how exciting this year is going to be. I try to weave a little magic into those first few minutes and then I try to keep their hands busy while I finish with all that first day of school busy-ness that must get done.
What magical thing are their hands doing you may ask....playdough. Color changing, SURPRISE! Playdough.
My Favorite Recipe
* 1 cup flour
*1 cup water
*2 tsp cream of tarter
*1/3 cup salt
*1 Tbs vegetable oil
Mix together all the ingredients in a 2 quart saucepan. Cook over low/medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until mixture thickens and forms a ball. Remove dough, finish kneading into a ball, and let cool. Add the food coloring to a hole, hidden in the playdough.
*each batch makes about 4 good-sized balls of playdough
*doubling the recipe is fine, but it takes muscles to stir more than a double batch.
*I like adding the salt to the hot water, then the cream of tarter, the oil, and last the flour. The salt dissolves into the water and the texture of the playdough is very smooth.
*gel food coloring seems to be less messy
*more drops, the deeper the color....the more impressed your kinders will be.
Now the only question I have left....do I let them take it home or have it waiting for them the next day. It WILL go home. I don't want it hanging around my classroom too long, I have other clay, playdough, and silly putty to use at work stations.