For the last 5 years whenever I have needed to make some playdough I have used one of our favourite easy homemade playdough recipes. However, the kids were brought some Fun from Lush which is a fantastic multipurpose dough that they can wash with and play within the bath. The ingredients are listed on the side and with talc/cornflour as the main ones and the rest simple soap ingredients, I thought it was time to try a version of our own a really quick and easy 2-ingredients playdough recipe which would be perfect to use for some hands-on maths activities for this week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids theme apples and featured book Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss.

Easy 2 ingredient Apple Scented Playdough for kids. Perfect for Autumn and Fall themed Sensory Play with Toddlers and Preschoolers.

Why not try our Edible Play Dough Recipe another simple 2-ingredient recipe that is great for those little ones that put everything in their mouths. It’s also Gluten-Free!!!

Materials Need for Apple Scented Playdough

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Recipe for making apple scented play doh for fall and autumn themed play for toddlers

1 cup of All-Purpose Flour

1/2 cup of either Apple Scented Dish-Soap or Apple Scented Shampoo

OPTIONAL: – Green Food Colouring

Making the 2-Ingredient Apple Scented Playdough

A simple 2-ingredient, super soft and smooth apple scented playdough recipe and suggestions for math-based activities for toddlers and preschool kids.
A simple 2-ingredient, super soft and smooth apple scented playdough recipe and suggestions for math-based activities for toddlers and preschool kids.
Bright green apple scented playdough recipe

This dough is much lighter than the playdough I normally make it also leaves your hands soft and doesn’t dry them out like normal playdough does.

Why not make some of our other Playdough Recipes

Maths Activities for use with the Apple Scented Playdough

simple apple playdough you can make at home using this 2-ingredient recipe

Although the playdough is great for fine motor skills and it smells amazing I like using it with the kids with some hands-on activities. Here are some suggestions for activities you can do with the kids using the 2-ingredient playdough in a maths centre this week.

Shapes

Roll, manipulate and work with the playdough to create some 3D shapes or use some shape cookie cutters to create 2D shapes – this is a fantastic set that includes different sizes of the shapes so leads you to talk about measurement language as well as shape language with your kids.

image for apple playdough mats on Rainy Day Mum

Numbers

Make mini apples from the dough and use a person playdough mat and count out the number of apples on top of their head.

Calculations

Apple themed books and playdough for toddlers and preschooler ideal for a is for apple or apple week

Use the dough to add, subtract, count on, work on number bonds, half, double and total in a number of ways. Aim at your child’s level so if you have a young toddler that can count to 5 make up 5 apples and then take away one or add a new one. If your child is working on number bonds or halving and doubling then use the dough to create apples – you could even create 10 red apples (work in some red food dye instead of green to half the dough at the start) and 10 green apples and then you can visualise the number bonds or calculations you are working on.

Other Books for This Week’s Apple Themed Virtual Book Club for Kids

Ten Apple on Top - featured book for the Virtual Book Club for Kids Apple Week

Featured Book for the week – Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr Seuess – available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

More Apple-themed books for Preschooler and Toddlers

Ten Red Apple by Pat Hutchins great book for Toddlers and Preschoolers A is for Apple week

10 Red Apples by Pat Hutchins – Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Apples Apples Apples book cover

Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace – Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Apple Pie ABC book for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray – Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Orange Pear Apple Bear Book for Kids

Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett – Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Apples by Gail Gibbons - Book for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Apples by Gail Gibbons – Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall - Apple Themed Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall – Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Smooth and non-drying Apple Scented Playdough for Toddlers and Preschoolers Sensory Play

A simple 2-ingredient, super soft and smooth apple scented playdough recipe and suggestions for math-based activities for toddlers and preschool kids.

2-Ingredient Quick and Easy Apple Scented Playdough Recipe

A simple 2-ingredient, super soft and smooth apple scented playdough recipe and suggestions for math-based activities for toddlers and preschool kids.
4.56 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Author: Cerys Parker

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup either dish soap or shamppo apple scented
  • Optional: Green and Red Food Colouring

Instructions

  • Add the soap/shampoo to the flour
  • Mix together
  • Knead to a smooth dough
  • Add food colouring if you wish
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Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids

Don’t forget that you can join us over on Facebook in the Virtual Book Club for Kids Group to get a full range of Apple-themed activities this week as well as an advance preview of next weeks additional book list and connect with over 2500 other people interested in bringing books alive with their kids.

Magnetic Names Apple Picking – from Preschool Powol Packets

How to Trace your name with Fingerprint Apples – from Whitty Hoots

Fine Motor Apple Graphing Activity – from Extremely Good Parenting

Ten Apples Up on Top File Folder Game – from Views from a Step Stool

Sequencing Numbers Words – from Adventures and Play

Finger Painted Apple Trees – from Clare’s Little Tots

Playdough Apple Stacking Activity – from Inspiration Laboratories

Apple Snack for Kids –  from The Moments from Home

Preschool Learning -~ Apple cooking – from Mama Smiles

Science in Motion Apple Game – from The Educators’ Spin On It

Magnetic Levitating Apple Stacking – from Teach Beside Me

Apple Colour Mixing Science – from Powerful Mothering

Colourful Spin Art Apple Banner – from Toddler Approved

Apple Themed Prewriting Activity – from The OT Toolbox

Ten Apples Up on Top Movement Activity – from Still Playing School

Are Apples Round? – from Whitty Hoots

Celebrate early autumn with your toddlers and preschoolers by trying some of this apple crafts ideal for little hands to have a go at making.

Looking for even more inspiration for Toddlers and Preschoolers check out our Apple Crafts ideal to make with them.

A simple 2-ingredient, super soft and smooth apple scented playdough recipe and suggestions for math-based activities for toddlers and preschool kids.
A simple 2-ingredient, super soft and smooth apple scented playdough recipe and suggestions for math-based activities for toddlers and preschool kids.
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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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  1. This was my first attempt at making my own play dough. I had fun making it and hopefully my students will enjoy using it to make little apples to put onto apple trees tomorrow in math. The recipe was super easy!

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