Play Dough Recipe
Ideas And Activities For Toddler Crafts
Here's an easy homemade play dough recipe which works really well for toddler crafts and 13 of the best ideas for activities so your kids enjoy it.
- A list of easy play doh recipe ingredients
- Helpful tips
- Ideas for fun toddlers activities
- Try shell print patterns and making birds' eggs
- Ways to have playdough fun by adding lovely scents and colors
"Best play dough recipe ever!! Thanks."
~ Mandy, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group
Playdough is always more fun when you make it yourself!
Homemade Playdough Recipe
- 300g (12 ounces flour
- 115g (4 ounces) salt
- 225ml (8 fluid ounces) water
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 4 tablespoons cream of tartar
- Food coloring in different colors; optional: glitter, flavored oils
N.B. My friend Jeni makes her playdough recipe using cups as a measurement. Here's her recipe:
1 cup plain flour, 1/4 cup fine salt, 1tbsp cream of tartar, 1tbsp sunflower oil, 1 cup water.
As you can see, the homemade recipe is basically
very easy - you've probably got everything in the house apart from
cream of tartar and maybe food coloring.
The ingredients are very similar to our easy homeschooling salt dough recipe so, if you really can't find the cream of tartar, you could make salt dough instead!
You start by adding all the play-doh recipe ingredients together in a big bowl except food coloring.
As you work the ingredients together they'll naturally start forming
themselves into a play-doh ball.
To help the recipe ingredients firm up into proper playdough, you need to heat them on a very low
heat in a pan, keeping stirring all the time.
You can tell how gentle
the heat was because, instead of using a spoon to stir, I mixed it in
the pan using my hands.
You shouldn't need to heat the recipe for long until you've got a
nice firm play dough lump which isn't sticky.
Keep kneading until it
How To Make Play Dough
- There is one vital ingredient left out before you've really made homeschool play-doh and that's color.
I think you can see this homeschooling recipe is dead easy, but take
care on the next bit.
You'll only see photos of my red, yellow and blue
homemade play dough recipe because the green is a sludgy gloop confined to the homeschool trash can!
You need to add a surprising amount of food color to the homeschool
play dough recipe to make the dough turn from an insipid grayish color
to something attractive for toddler crafts.
There's a fine balance
between getting the color right and giving your play-doh too much to
You'll find food dye comes in handy with our homeschool silly putty too!
- I also recommend mixing the colors wearing plastic gloves; it
does get messy and it does take a bit
of time and effort (I lost my playdough helpers at this point.)
- You'll find our homeschooling play dough recipe will keep well if you cover it in plastic and put it in an airtight container.
should now have some pretty balls of homeschooling playdough to tempt
I decided to take our homemade play dough recipe to our
local homeschooling group and it was a great success!
Playdough Activities For Toddler Crafts
Here are lots of ideas for what you can do with your homeschool playdough recipe now you've made it.
13 Best Playdough Ideas
toddler could pick some flowers from the garden and add them to
- Pretend food always goes down well, as you'll see from the toddler chef ideas in our homeschooling Activities for 2 year-olds.
I saw a lovely plate of pork sausages, spaghetti and mashed potato being offered round in our homeschool group!
- Add some non toxic scents (like orange, peppermint or
vanilla) to your homemade play dough to get your toddler sniffing!
- You can put glitter or sequins on the play-doh for homeschooling crafts with extra sparkle.
- Get a toddler rolling pin and let your kids have fun rolling it flat and cutting out shapes with plastic cookie cutters.
- Our homemade playdough recipe is great for taking impressions. How about shells, hand prints, a plastic fork?
- Straws are great for making toddler crafts which need eye holes or a
I love this idea from Jeni.
- If you add glitter to your homemade black playdough recipe, you can make a galaxy of stars.
- Jeni suggests adding olbas oil for extra fun.
"Seriously though if you can get olbas oil and add a few drops to the mix it is HEAVEN to play with. The last time I made galaxy
playdough the boys had colds and were feeling
rubbish at the time and they absolutely loved it."
~ Jeni, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group
More Playdough Ideas
are plenty of play-doh squirting and squeezing machines you can get in
various shapes and and sizes as well as dough cutters and shapers.
of course rolling sausages between your palms is just as good,
and you could practice toddler crafts by helping your child lay the
sausages one on top of another to make a homeschool coil pot.
- Homeschooling pinch pots are another alternative which work well.
- Play dough bird nests were a great homeschool favorite with
William and Catherine. Rolling the balls to make multi colored eggs
may have confused the mother bird a little but made very pretty
homeschooling toddler crafts.
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