Formation With Playdough

Tenna Davis Douglass Math And Science Academy
543 N. Waller
Chicago IL 60644
(312) 534-6176


*This project can be altered for K-8.

Students will be able to understand the difference between solids, liquids, and

This project is geared to enhance student familiarity with solids, liquids, and

Material Needed:

Flour Salt

Oil Food Coloring or Tempra Paint

Plastic Gloves Aluminum Pans

Measuring Cups


Students will do the following procedure by using simple methods of measuring.
The students will perform the tasks of taking the material at hand and following
the order of events for the material to be combined together. The students will
not add or take away from the ingredients; in doing so the project will not form
and they will have failed at the procedure.

Ingredients 3 cups of flour 1/3 cup of oil 1 cup of salt 1 cup of tempra paint 1 cup of water or 1 bottle of food coloring Note: Students should have plastic gloves on before following the given procedure. Mix 3 cups of flour along with 1 cup of salt in a aluminum pan. Use your hands to mix thoroughly. Then add 1/3 cup of oil to the pan. Next add 1 cup of water then the food coloring or tempra paint (* Note paint adds better color to the dough.) Knead dough until you can separate it off into sections for forming. Performance Assessment:

3 = exceeds assessment - texture is firm and color is spread evenly
2-1 = meets assessment - texture slightly lumpy color blotch
0 = does not meet assessment - texture did not mix or form

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