Here's an easy homemade play dough recipe which works really well for toddler crafts and 13 of the best ideas for activities so all your kids enjoy it.
"Best play dough recipe ever!! Thanks."
~ Mandy, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group
Playdough is always more fun when you make it yourself!
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 firms up.
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 cope with!
You'll find food dye comes in handy with our homeschool silly putty too!
should now have some pretty balls of homeschooling playdough to tempt
everyone from your toddler up.
I decided to take our homemade play dough recipe to our local homeschooling group and it was a great success!
Here are lots of ideas for what you can do with your homeschool playdough recipe now you've made it.
I saw a lovely plate of pork sausages, spaghetti and mashed potato being offered round in our homeschool group!
"We made homemade play-dough yesterday! So much fun. Each kid got a chance to measure and mix, since we made 3 colors."
~ The Jacobs Homeschool Academy
I love this idea from Jeni.
"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
There 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.
Here are some of my most popular homeschooling pages. Click on the pic to go to the page. And - enjoy!
Whatever you do with our homeschool play dough recipe, I hope you have fun!
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