Monday, August 12, 2013

1st Day Pic and Magic Playdoh!

Today was our first full day with all 21 students!  Phew!  All I have to say is thank goodness I have a Student Teacher because if I didn't have her I'm not sure we would have made it out the door in time for dismissal.  Thank you, Kathryn! ;-)

One of the activities we did today involved a little magic playdoh.  This box appeared in our classroom and had an adorable little poem attached.  You can grab the poem for free {here} at Fun in First Grade's blog.  She didn't write the poem but she typed it up and it REALLY came in handy last night when I was about to make my own.  Thanks, Jodi!

Originally I intended on making a little bag of playdoh for everyone.  However, I did not have enough cream of tartar so I decided to make just one batch for the whole class.  After reading the poem today, we made predictions on what color we thought it would turn.  Then we passed the dough around the circle, each child taking a turn at kneading it a little.  Our dough magically turned to green- our class color!  It actually worked pretty well as a group activity!
Here's the recipe I used along with how to add the magic part:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup salt
2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup of water
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

(I also like to add a little smelly something like peppermint extract to make it smell good! A little goes a long way...)

Mix dry ingredients in medium saucepan.  Stir in water and oil.   Stir over medium heat 3-5 minutes until it forms a ball in the center of the pan.  Remove to floured surface and knead for 1 minute.  Store in air tight container.  May be refrigerated.

To color the playdoh you can add an envelope of Kool-Aid or Wilton Paste food coloring.  For the purpose of this "magic" dough, I simply left the playdoh white and squirted some green food coloring in the center of the ball.  The playdoh absorbed the food coloring over night so I didn't have to worry about food coloring staining hands when we began kneading the dough to mix it today.

Loads of fun for a first day activity and a great introduction to predicting too.

We read a simple "Welcome to Kindergarten" book with this activity but does anyone know of a specific book that might tie in well with this?


  1. Looks like a fun day! These two books don't really go so well with the magic theme, but both have great messages for the beginning of the year and fit with the color theme: Elmer's Colors and The Elephant and the Rainbow.

  2. What a cute idea! Magical!


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  4. That has to be the sweetest idea I have ever heard of! I love that you are bringing a bit of magic into your classroom. BRAVO!
    The Schroeder Page

  5. Only 21 students AND and aide? I think I want to teach in your district. Last year I had 33 full day Kinders and no aide. We're not allowed an aide until all Kinder teachers in the school have 40 or more students and then we get one aide to share.

    They say there are changes afoot and that our numbers will be lower this year. I'm praying for 24 or less!

    1. Holy cow that's a lot of kids! Let me clarify...she is definitely not an aide. She is a student teacher (college student) who is with me for her student teaching practicum field experience. I wish we had aides because goodness knows teachers need extra hands! Thankfully my state has a law that says no more than an average of 20 kids/classroom in the K-3 grade span. (So they take the number of K-3 students and divide it by the number of teachers we have and that number should be no more than 20.) Of course, things happen but that is how it is supposed to work here. Hope you get your 24 or less. I will be sending happy thoughts your way!

  6. Have you seen the book, "The Day the Crayons Went on Strike" It is about colors, very cute, could maybe tie in. This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!


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