My girls love to play with play dough. Here's my little secret, though: I've never, not once, bought play dough from the store for my kids. I know, I sound like a terrible parent, right? Well, what if I told you that you could make a big batch of play dough at home? What if I told you that your kids could be involved in the process (learning listening skills and math/measuring skills at the same time)? What if I told you that you probably already have all the ingredients in your cabinet right now? What if I also told you that it would be cheaper to make it yourself? Would you still run out and buy store-bought play dough (I'm hoping your answer is "no") :)
We made some homemade play dough together yesterday. This is my very favorite recipe, but there are many, many others out there (in fact, there's a whole website dedicated to play dough recipes: playdoughrecipe.com). This is just the one that I've used for the last couple of years. I have only had a "bad" batch once or twice, so I vote that it's a good recipe :)
To start, you will need a small-medium sized sauce pan. In it, place all of the following ingredients:
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup salt
- 1 TBS vegetable oil
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- Food coloring
- Optional: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and vanilla extract for a yummy smell!
You will start to notice that the mixture is getting firmer. It will begin to stick all together in a ball. It will look something like this:
Store your play dough in an airtight container or plastic bag. I've had some batches of play dough last as long as 3 months! Enjoy!
Looking for more fun and frugal sensory activities? Check out my recipe for Cloud Dough, Goop, Chocolate Cake Mix Painting, and a Beans Tub!