This is a wonderful first day of school activity!
I always have this waiting at each student's desk as they arrive. It's a great activity to help them work all their jitters out and feel right at home.
What you need to do:
1. Prepare play dough. See recipe below.
2. Place a ball of play dough inside each student's ZipLock bag.
3. Cut out the poems and tape them to the top of each bag.
4. Place on students desk and leave them instructions to explore the activity at their seat.
Magic Play Dough Recipe
Basic ingredient ratios:
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)
Different colors of food coloring
Mix all of the ingredients together, and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes.
When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, as shown below, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle.
IMPORTANT NOTE: if your playdough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer!
Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry and feels like play dough.
*After rolling the play dough into individual balls for each student, poke a hole in each and drop in food coloring. Recover the hole without mixing it into the dough.