Throwback Thursday {Magic Playdoh}


Hii everyone!  Today I'm joining in on some Throwback Thursday fun!

But first, a little mention... I am absolutely beaming today!  Yesterday was my 2nd wedding anniversary!  I'm so lucky to be married to my best friend in the world!
Yay!! :)

Aaand, coming back to TbT... here is a post from last summer with a fun little back to school idea!  It was originally a guest post I made on Thank God It's First Grade!

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Originally posted on August 16, 2012


I have a fun first day freebie to share with you!
Have you heard of Magic Playdoh??
I first discovered Magic Playdoh before school started last year.  I thought it was the cutest idea, so I made a batch for my little ones.  Let me tell you.  They. LOVED. It.  I will definitely be doing it again this year with my firsties!!

If you haven't heard of it, the idea behind Magic Playdoh is that it starts off white, and if it *just so happens to change color* when you squeeze it, then you're going to have a great year!  Genius, right?!

Toward the end of the first day of school, I hand out Ziploc baggies of Magic Playdoh.
I display a little poster and read a poem with my class:
{I didn't write the poem-- I found it at Fun in First Grade-- but no one knows where it originated!!}

Then I have my kiddos squish up the playdoh... INSIDE the Ziplocs first, to prevent the food coloring from staining their little fingers!  It's so fun to listen to them as they realize that their playdoh is changing colors!!  Once it's all smooshed up, the playdoh can be taken out and played with, without fear of blue or red hands.  

I made these cute matching labels to put on the playdoh baggies:
 {Download them for free HERE}

To make Magic Playdoh, you'll need:
*1 cup flour
*1 cup water
*1/4 cup salt
*2 tsp. cream of tartar
*1 Tbls. vegetable oil
*food coloring

Then, just follow these steps:
1. Put all of your ingredients {EXCEPT the food coloring} into a pot and turn the stove on medium heat.
2. Stir, stir, stir!  It's going to take a few minutes to form.
3. Once your mixture forms a ball, remove from heat {I put it on a paper plate}.
4. Give it a second to cool, then separate the playdoh and form balls.
5. Poke a hole in each ball and put 3-4 drops of food coloring in them.  Carefully close the ball without squeezing it, so the food coloring stays in the middle.

When you're all done, put one "doh" ball in each baggie and seal the bag.
You're all ready to take it to school!  Your class will love it!!

*Note: I cut the recipe in half for this tutorial.
The full recipe will make about 8 decent size pieces!*

I hope that you enjoyed this little tutorial and that you can use it in your classroom!

25 comments

Teaching Little Miracles said...

Love it! I've seen this before, but I may just have to go for it this year. :-)

Thanks for sharing!

Crystal
Teaching Little Miracles

Mrs. M said...

Love me some magic playdough!! And Happy 2nd Anniversary, y'all are too cute!!

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Courtney @ Missthirdgrade.com said...

such a cute idea! I sometimes wish I was primary!!!

www.missthirdgrade.com

First Grade Buddies said...

So glad you re-visited this idea! We've not seen it before and it looks like soooo much fun for the first day of school!

:) Tamra and Sarah
First Grade Buddies

The Brown-Bag Teacher said...

Wow! Congrats, Teri. You and your hubby look great. :)

Catherine
The Brown-Bag Teacher

Ellice Habermehl said...

LOVE this idea! What a great way to get them excited about first grade! I am going to use this this year! Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie said...

Happy anniversary!!! I love this magic play-doh idea, thank you for sharing it with us.

Stephanie
PolkaDotPalace

Tania said...

Happy Anniversary! You look stunning in that amazing dress.
Tania
My Second Sense

Kelly Koonce said...

Thank you so much for sharing this!!! I'm going to do this with my third graders- they aren't too old, right?! :)

Kelly
Koonce’s Korner

Mr. First Grade said...

How am I just now hearing of this magic play dough business for the first time!? Sounds like a blast!!

Andrew
Mr. First Grade

Mrs. Solis said...

Thank for sharing about the magic play dough. I have always seen this, but never tried it. Sounds like a cute idea to do!;)

Alma

http://alsolis.blogspot.com

Carolyn Kisloski said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the magic playdough! and ... CONGRATULATIONS! What a gorgeous picture of you and your husband. :)
Carolyn
Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

Wendy Bramlett said...

I like this and would even do it with my fourth graders if I had less students.... Two classes of 25+ students...

www.starringfourthgrade.blogspot.com

Wendy Bramlett said...

I like this and would even do it with my fourth graders if I had less students.... Two classes of 25+ students...

www.starringfourthgrade.blogspot.com

Sandy Welch said...

Happy anniversary! We do the playdough too. I give them a little ball of yellow and blue and tell them if it turns green, we'll have a great year.I like your whilte ball that turns colors better!

Susan Cahalane said...

Hi Teri! Congratulations on your anniversary! You look so pretty in that picture, love your dress! Hope you're having a great summer here in HOT Jersey!!

✿Sue✿
Science for Kids Blog

Julie Holzenthal said...

I love this idea & have used it for years... With out the poem. Instead of food coloring I've used liquid watercolor or a ball of super pigmented colored dough in the center. Both work though. One warning.... Don't make it too far in advanced because the color will bleed through... Found that put the hard way....

Julie Holzenthal said...

I love this idea & have used it for years... With out the poem. Instead of food coloring I've used liquid watercolor or a ball of super pigmented colored dough in the center. Both work though. One warning.... Don't make it too far in advanced because the color will bleed through... Found that put the hard way....

First Grade Frenzy said...

AH! This is ADORABLE!! I'm doing this on my first day with my little firsties this year for sure! Thanks for sharing :)

Ashlie Sebert said...

I had never heard of this before and am in love with thought of doing this.

Amy J said...

Thanks for the step by step directions! I've always been terrified to do it for fear that someone's will not change...haha! Your post made me believe it will work. ;)

Happy Anniversary! Y'all are precious.

Amy
What Happens in First Grade

AdamsApples said...

Thank you for the labels and poem. My kiddos have loved this activity in the past and I still use it. I originally saw the magic play dough activity on a program from HBOFamily called 'Kindergarten'. It was a yearly documentary of a kindergarten class in 2000 or 2001, I think. Has anyone found a good story to go with the magic play dough activity?

Diane said...

I did this with my third graders last year on the first day of school but had them get into groups with people whose play-doh turned the same color as theirs so they could share their favorite summer memory! They loved it and had a "treat" to take home on the first day too!

Aly said...

This looks like such a fun sensory activity for my preschoolers.. thanks for sharing! :)

-Aly

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