Reasons to love homemade play dough:
It costs next to nothing
It lasts really long when properly stored
It's fun to experiment with colors and scents
You probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry
When you Involve the kids when making it, you're teaching math and measurement skills
We've tried all types of recipes, but here is my favorite version:
2 cups all-purpose flour (link is for White All Purpose USDA-Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified)
3/4 cup salt.
4 teaspoons cream of tartar. (link is for Verified Gluten Free, Non GMO, FCC, USP No Additives, No Fragrances, No Animal Products, No MSG)
2 cups lukewarm water.
3 Tablespoons of vegetable oil (link is for Certified Organic, Certified Kosher, Certified Vegan, Sodium Free. And contains 700mg Omega-3 ALA and 2,100mg Omega-6, which probably won't transfer into your skin but at least you can use it for cooking)
(Link is for plant-based colors that are made without artificial dyes, artificial preservatives, or allergens. They're also non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, and certified kosher.)
Rose Essential Oil (link is for pure undiluted oil, rose oil is supposed to calm the mind, relax the body, strengthens sense of emotional security and resilience.)
Mix together the flour, salt, and cream of tartar.
Mix together warm water with a few drops of food coloring. Mixing the food coloring with the water before combining with the dry ingredients allows you to blend them by stirring, without staining your hands. And the color comes out more even.
In a medium saucepan, add the flour, cream of tartar and salt (the salt keeps it from sticking and also helps preserve it).
Slowly pour the water into the flour mixture, stirring as you pour. Stir until combined and keep stirring, it is going to start thickening up.
Place dough on a piece of wax paper. Let it cool.
Transfer to a large plate and knead with your hands.
Finally add your essential oils, knead a few more times and you're ready to go!
The dough could be too sticky, make sure you've waited until it's completely cool before you knead. Add a little more flour if it has cooled, but still sticky.
The dough could be a little too dry and not blending. Which depends on the temperature and humidity in the room. Add some more oil to your hands and work it through the dough.
Don't try to substitute all purpose flour with whole wheat, it will be grainy and brownish.
The boys favorite play dough toys and play sets are below:
This was the very first set I bought and it's still the favorite!
Things with a dual purpose are key when they have so much stuff and interests. We love using these Anne Clark Cookie Cutters, they are super high quality and made in the USA. Besides using them to make actual cookies and cutting play dough shapes, we use them to trace shapes on paper.
This 101 piece set includes the full alphabet. There are shapes for Valentine's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Christmas, even Super Bowl Sunday.
The multi-tool in the below set has been a life-saver on flights. Perfect little set that comes in a clear zippered bag.
This truck pushes play dough out the back into shapes. Each part of the truck has a use for play dough. The arm comes off when storing, and the pieces all fit nicely into their designated spots.
An adorable BBQ set that has so many features and molds. Create a shish-kabob, hot dog with mustard and ketchup, and cheeseburgers with all the fixings.
Create teeth, braces and cavities! The drill takes batteries and actual spins. Turquoise play-doh pushes through the toothbrush in a perfect swirl.
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