Shared by Mindy Koehler

Children love play dough! They love measuring and mixing the ingredients. They watch in awe when everyday staples such as flour, salt and water turn into a magical medium that can be rolled, pounded, flattened and used to make their unique creations. At NCNS, we often make our play dough to coincide with current classroom activities. For example, in the fall, we made pumpkin scented play dough. During our pizza unit, three colors of play dough (red, yellow and brown) were made so the children could create their own pizzas.

One of the best parts of play dough play is the ability to constantly “start over” and make something new. Sometimes, however, that can be a cause of disappointment when the child wants to save their creation. The following recipe allows them to do this, as it dries hard and can be saved forever.

This is a perfect recipe for rolled holiday shapes. Use cookie cutters to make Valentine’s Day hearts that smell like cinnamon apple pie. These can be great gifts that your child can make on their own.

Applesauce Cinnamon Play Dough
•1/2 cup cinnamon
•1/2 cup applesauce
•1 plastic ziplock bag

Pour cinnamon and applesauce into a ziplock bag. Seal the bag, making sure to release as much air as possible. Knead the cinnamon and applesauce until the mixture turns to dough. At this point, you can roll the dough and use cookie cutters to make shapes. Or, of course, your child can use his or her imagination to create unique designs.

If you are planning to hang your project, be sure to poke a hole through the dough at this time.
Allow creations to dry 12 hours or until hard.