What can you do with broken crayons? This crayon playdough is another great way to use up old crayons as well as make an awesome sensory playdough for kids. Here’s a fun variation of our popular playdough recipes. Read on to find out how to make this art inspired playdough with crayons.

HOW TO MAKE PLAYDOUGH WITH CRAYONS

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A CRAYOLA PLAYDOUGH?

Playdough is an excellent addition to your preschool activities! Even create a busy box from a ball of homemade crayon playdough, a small rolling pin and cookie cutters. Did you know that homemade sensory play materials like this playdough with crayons are amazing for helping kids develop an awareness of their senses? Kids can explore shapes, numbers and other themes creatively with homemade crayon playdough. Check out our easy and fun playdough activities, and make sure to download your free playdough mat below! How do you fix broken crayons? Check out how to melt crayons!

SUGGESTIONS FOR HOW TO USE YOUR CRAYON PLAYDOUGH

  1. Turn your playdough into a counting activity and add dice! Roll and place the correct amount of items on rolled out playdough! Use buttons, beads, or small toys for counting.  You could even make it a game and the first one to 20, wins!
  2.  Add number playdough stamps and pair with the items to practice numbers 1-10 or 1-20.
  3. Mix small items into your ball of playdough and add a pair of kid-safe tweezers or tongs for them to find things with.
  4. Make a sorting activity. Roll out the soft playdough into different circles. Next, mix up the items in a small container. Then, have the kids sort the items by color or size or type to the different playdough shapes using the tweezers!
  5. Use kid-safe playdough scissors to practice cutting their playdough into pieces.
  6. Simply using cookie cutters to cut out shapes, which is great for little fingers!
  7. Turn your playdough into a STEM activity for the book Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss! Challenge your kids to roll up 10 apples out of playdough and stack them 10 apples tall! See more ideas for 10 Apples Up On Top here.
  8. Challenge kids to create different size playdough balls and put them in the correct order of size!
  9. Add toothpicks and roll up “mini balls” out of the playdough and use them along with the toothpicks to create 2D and 3D.
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CRAYON PLAYDOUGH RECIPE

These are the ingredients for ONE batch of colored playdough. To make additional playdough, repeat the recipe for each color.

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • ¾ cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 crayons, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup water

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HOW TO MAKE CRAYON PLAYDOUGH

STEP 1. In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, cream of tartar and salt.

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STEP 2. In a medium nonstick pot over medium heat, add the oil and crayon. Stir constantly until the crayon is melted.

Pin STEP 3. Add the water and food coloring to the pot and expect the wax to separate from the water.  Continue to stir, adding the dry ingredients to the pot.

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STEP 4. When the dough comes together as a ball and the liquid has absorbed, transfer the dough to waxed, freezer, or parchment paper. While the dough is still warm but cool to touch, knead the dough until smooth, about 2 minutes.

STORAGE: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two months or at room temperature for 3 days.

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MORE FUN SENSORY PLAY RECIPES

Make kinetic sand that is moldable play sand for little hands. Homemade oobleck is easy with just 2 ingredients. Mix up some soft and moldable cloud dough. Find out how simple it is to color rice for sensory play. Try edible slime for a taste safe play experience. Of course, playdough with shaving foam is fun to try!

MAKE CRAYON PLAYDOUGH WITH CREAM OF TARTAR

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