DIY Play dough

Play dough is so entertaining!

My kids love to squeeze and shape a big clump of dough. Bread dough, cookie dough, play dough, any kind of dough! Play dough is so versatile. It can be new and interesting each time it’s played with. From changing the color or tools, to adding scents, the texture, and bringing in new manipulatively… It’s pretty obvious why it’s called “play dough.” I include many different sensory materials for my children to enjoy, but play dough is one we keep coming back to. We even use it during preschool.

Here is a basic play dough recipe.

2 c flour
1/2 c salt
2 T cream of tarter
2 T oil
1- 1 1/2 c boiling water
Natural food coloring (optional)

Mix the dry ingredients and add the water and oil. Allow to cool a bit then knead, adding water if necessary until it’s a nice soft, pliable dough. Store in an airtight container for up to six months.

Playing with the dough as is, is always fun, or you could branch out. Oh, the possibilities! Think of what you could add or use as extra materials. Glitter, pasta – plain or dyed, beads, Pom poms, buttons,  laminated papers to use it for counting and sorting, cookie cutters, baking utensils, sticks, rocks, birthday candles, Legos, ect…..

My youngest is turning three tomorrow, and she loves Minnie mouse, so I made this “Minnie Mouse” play dough for all three kids to create with. It was a hit!

Tip*  Beets boiled in a bit of water makes a really pretty natural red or pink dye!

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