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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom


Surprise Play Dough

Each student needs:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1⁄4 cup salt
  • a few drops peppermint flavoring
  • food coloring
  • 2 t cream of tartar


  1. Cook all ingredients EXCEPT FOOD COLORING over medium heat until the mixture pulls away from the side of the pan and reaches the consistency of playdough.
  2. Knead until cool.
  3. Divide the dough into balls, one for each student.
  4. Hide a few drops of food coloring in the center of each ball but DO NOT MIX. Use different amounts and colors of drops in each ball so that each child's dough will be different. As students start to play with their dough, they discover there is color and that the colors are different.