Mmm… I love the smell of nutmeg and cinnamon! It always reminds of Fall! Maybe that’s why this Apple Play Dough is one of my favorite sensory play recipes. Not only does it smell so good but it is such a fun activity to add to your units on Autumn or the parts of an apple too.
How To Use Apple Play Dough In The Classroom
Play dough is one of my favorite things to use in my classroom. Not only is it inexpensive and easy-to-make but there are so many developmental and educational benefits too including:
- Sensory Play: Children learn best and retain the most information when they engage their senses. By forming the play dough into apples and smelling the nutmeg and cinnamon, your students will make a connection to Fall.
- Fine Motor Development: Playing with play dough helps to strengthen hand muscles and develop control over the fingers which is needed for pre-writing.
- Themed Activity: Apple Scented Play Dough is the perfect addition to your units on Fall, harvest, fruit and produce, and life cycle of an apple.
Related Resource: Apple Books
How To Make Apple Play Dough
- 1 cup Flour
- ¼ cup Salt
- 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
- ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 cup Water
- ½ tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon Red Food Coloring
- Thin Sticks for Apple Stems
How To Make:
To begin making this fall play dough recipe, add the flour, salt, cream of tartar, nutmeg and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Cook the ingredients over medium heat until they are mixed together thoroughly.
Next, add the water, olive oil, red food coloring. Stir continually until mixture thickens and begins to form a ball. Then, remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the play dough to cool for about 10 minutes.
After the play dough cools, place it on a non-stick surface and knead until the color is consistent throughout the dough and the texture is smooth.
Finally, find thin sticks and leaves from outside and place them in the ball of dough to make them look like real apples with stems and leaves.
If you aren’t going to play right away or after you have finished playing, store the play dough in an airtight container to prevent it from drying. If the play dough does start to dry out, add a little olive oil and knead.
One of my favorite things about this Apple Play Dough recipe is that it only takes about 5 minutes of prep time and 5 minutes of cook time to make. In just 10 minutes, you can have a fun, Fall sensory play activity that your students will love!
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If you teaching your students all about apples, this Parts of an Apple Activities packet is a must have! It is full of resources to help you teach and your students learn all about apple parts. There are a variety of hands-on activities and resources to complete your Fall unit.