Like most toddlers, my son loves good, old-fashioned, classic Play-Doh. And that’s cool. I loved it when I was growing up, too. Unfortunately though, it has had a tendency to get neglected, crusty, hard, crumbly, and frequently stuck in our living room carpet. And I know it’s non-toxic, but it does kinda stink and I’m always afraid of my son eating it. So, being the self-proclaimed Pinterest addict that I am, I finally tried my hand at some homemade play dough for my little guy! I wanted to make something natural that wouldn’t crust up as fast as real Play-Doh, and something I could keep on hand for a rainy day. And since all of his dough has now eventually made it to the trash because I’d found it laying in a hard ball or all crumbled somewhere unexpected, I thought this was a good time to give it a try.
I used a great post from a blog I love, The Imagination Tree. Click the image below to go directly to the recipe!
Here’s what I used to make it, per the recipe:
- 2 cups all purpose white flour
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
- blue food coloring
I let my son help me with dumping the dry ingredients and oil into a large bowl, which was really fun for him! After mixing the ingredients, I added food coloring to the boiling water and poured it in with the flour mixture. The dough was hot, so I let it cool a bit and tried mixing it with a spoon. I soon found that kneading it with my hands made it a lot easier, but it was messy! I didn’t take any pictures during the actual mixing process because it was SO goopy and sticky. I would highly recommend doing this when someone else is home that can actually help you add more ingredients as you’re mixing with your hands. (My husband was a big help!) I found the dough to be REALLY sticky and had a hard time getting it to be more “dry”, so we added a little more and more flour until the dough started sticking well to itself.
I was SO happy with the end result!
I got out all the Christmas cookie cutters I had, and let my son have a ball with making all kinds of shapes…
Soon, he climbed on the table and had to put his hands and feet in the dough, too…
I love that the recipe made a good-sized amount of dough, it was nice and soft, and it will keep for months if stored in an airtight container. I’m storing ours in a Ziploc bag in the towel drawer of my kitchen.
I was pretty darn proud of myself for completing my first successful at-home, Pinterest-inspired kid craft undertaking! 🙂
Making this dough was definitely just the tip of the iceberg, though. There is SO MUCH you and your kids can do with play dough! Check out the links below for some more inspiration! 🙂
Have you made play dough at home before? What activities do your kids love to do with it? I’d love to hear all about it!