This dirt play dough recipe is perfect for construction themed sensory play! My preschoolers have been loving it. Make some simple laminated play dough mats with roads and kids will have a blast bulldozing the roads and pretending to build!
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Here’s how to make dirt play dough! It’s quite easy.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- Brown food coloring – I used this Wilton brand brown food coloring
- Clean play sand – relatively clean is fine. We didn’t wash ours or anything! But it was straight from a package of play sand.
*Note: The amount of play dough pictured in the play photos is a double recipe. The amount shown in the photo below is one batch.
Stir the flour, salt, and cream of tartar. Mix in the water and oil. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring often until it forms a ball. I use a nonstick skillet.
Let the play dough cool on the counter before coloring.
I kneaded in plenty of brown food coloring first, and then kneaded in some sand. You can add a LOT of sand to the play dough without it becoming dry and crumbly! I kneaded in about 1/4 cup at a time until I was happy with the consistency.
The play dough road mats are so simple to make! I stuck strips of car road tape to pieces of card stock and then laminated them.
Then it was time to play! I set out some small river rocks and Jonathan’s construction trucks as well.
Pushing the rocks into the play dough is a good fine motor activity.
Janie and Jonathan spent forever with this! They enjoyed putting rocks in the trucks and using the trucks to push the play dough and make tracks in it. Perfect indoor activity for a cold winter day!