To give the kiddo something to do and to add a bit to her bug-studies at school, we made this fun bug playdough kid craft that she can play with and learn!
Bug Playdough Kid Craft
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love playing with the kiddo. But sometimes, I need an activity that is going to occupy her while I do other things–like clean the kitchen. I’m not saying I don’t want to play with her, but I just need a break. So, I came up with this fun way to achieve just that.
The kiddo is doing a study unit on bugs, so I already had some plastic bugs out and we made some “mud” for her to play with, make bug fossils, hid and dig the bugs out, everything; while I got sudsy. It was the best idea and I got the whole kitchen clean while she identified bug body parts in her “mud”. I just love it. If you’re ready to make a fun bug playdough kid craft so you can get some dishes done, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make Bug Exploration Play Dough
- If your homemade play dough feels too wet, just add more flour–about a tablespoon at a time. If your play dough is too dry, add a teaspoon of water at a time. Just make sure you’re mixing it well.
- To gross out the kid, you can make this bug exploration play dough with real bugs. Me, I opted for fake plastic bugs like these. You know–because we’re not into bug gut exploration. Ha!
- If you want to take this play dough in another direction, you could make this a fossil play dough recipe using these fake fossils.
- When you are done playing with your bug exploration play dough, you can easily store it for 10-14 days in an airtight container. Don’t put it in the fridge because that will dry it out.
How Do I Make this Bug Playdough Kid Craft?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- 3 ½ cups Flour
- 3 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar
- ½ cup Salt
- 3 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. Vegetable Oil
- Brown Food Coloring
- 2 cups Boiling Water
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, salt, 3 tablespoons of oil, and the food coloring.
- Add in the boiling water and mix well until all of the ingredients are combined.
- Add oil and knead the with your hands playdough for 1-2 minutes.
- Press out small pieces of the dough and press different bugs into it to make your own fossils.
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