Ideabox: Dough

Just a sample of this year's family baking output, complete with awesomely geeky new Star Wars cookie cutters to complement the traditional holiday shapes.

Just a sample of this year’s family baking output, complete with awesomely geeky new Star Wars cookie cutters to complement the traditional holiday shapes.

The Christmas season is so very strongly associated with cookie dough for me that it seemed the perfect time to explore some of the very many cool options involving doughy substances in art and science.

ideabox dough

There are a number of good blogs out there that offer round-ups of fun things to do with play dough, so rather than repeat them, I will first point you to a few of my favorite existing aggregates:

12 props to use with play dough
137 cool activities and ideas for play dough
39 Ways to Use Play Dough from the Artful Parent (one of my absolute favorites)

And in true interdisciplinary fashion, here is an assortment of my play dough examples from across subject areas:

Science:

Discussing Play Dough as a Way to introduce the scientific thought process

Wired: What’s inside Play-Doh

History:

History of the Invention of Play-Doh

Literacy and Storytelling:

Printable Play Dough Mats

Art and Politics:

Award winning political play dough by Ian Williams

Award winning political play dough by Ian Williams

Artist Ian Williams’ Obama, Romney Play-Doh Creations Win Award

And finally, a few recipes for inspiration:

Playdough for the Allergy- and Eco-Sensitive

Playdough to Delight the Senses

Recipes for Interesting Smells

Recipes for Interesting Consistencies

Recipes for Interesting Visuals

Not enough?  Check out this extremely thorough play dough focused Pinterest board