(tot school tuesday) homemade glitter play dough & dino tracks activity

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Logan enjoyed the dino tracks activity so much last week that I decided to do a similiar activity this week, homemade glitter play dough style! Logan helped me measure out the play dough ingredients and pour them into a large pot before I cooked them up. After our play dough was made, Logan used his miniature dinosaur toys to make dinosaur tracks in it as we counted the dinosaurs and tracks. Logan had hours of fun with this activity and the best part is that as long as you store it in an air tight container, you can play with it again and again.

Activity: Homemade Play Dough & Dino Tracks

(learning objective: counting, measuring, fine motor skills, language development)


3 Cups Flour

1 1/2 Cups Salt

6 Teaspoons Creams of Tartar

3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

3 Cups Water

Glitter (the amount is up to your sparkle preference)

Miniature Dinosaur Toys


Allow your child to measure and pour all of the ingredients into a large pot. The adult will continuously mix the ingredients over medium heat on the stove. When a large ball starts to form, remove from heat and allow to semi cool. Knead until you get the consistency of play dough. You can help your child make “patches” of play dough and have him make dinosaur tracks in the patches, counting the tracks and dinosaurs as he plays. Allow some open ended play time and your child’s imagination to take over the activity!

Tot School Tuesday Co-host: Kara of Mine for the Making (visit her blog for preschool aged activities)

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Hi, I'm Vanessa!

Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.