I think most parents can relate when I say it’s one of those days with the kids and you feel like you are pulling out all of the stops to keep them occupied – and they are still dragging at your feet out of boredom.
It turns out entertaining kids all day is quite a challenging task. It’s during these times that we surprise ourselves and turn into inventors, artists, and become rulers of the creative kingdom.
We find ourselves googling how to make paint, play dough, clay, crafts, you name it. We will do anything for another 30 minutes of keeping their attention focused on something, anything.
Well, it was during one of these days that I started experimenting with recipes for playdough. I was sick of buying it over and over again and wanted to find a cheaper and instant version that was just as soft and workable and most importantly – didn’t crumble.
I think you will agree that this recipe is better than the stuff you buy simply because it works the same and is much cheaper than buying it. Best of all, it keeps the kids busy and honestly, makes no difference to them.
Homemade Playdough Recipe
What you will need:
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup salt
- 4 tsp. cream of tartar
- 4 tbsp. vegetable or olive oil
- 2 cups flour
- Food coloring, preferably all-natural dyes
- disposable gloves
Take all ingredients in a pot and mix together, if possible, at first only add half of the flour and use whisk to get as many of the lumps out as you can. You will then add the rest of the flour a little at a time but you will no longer be able to use the whisk as it is much too thick at this point.
It is important to cook the dough over a low heat setting so that you have time to work out the lumps. Mix often.
Once the dough is sticky you will want to keep mixing until it looks a little dryer and not gooey. You can take a small piece and test it, if it doesn’t stick to your hands you are good to take it off the burner. NOTE: be careful when testing it, the dough is hot and will burn your hands.
Now take your bowl and grab about a 1/4 of the dough and add about 6 drops of food color. It is a good idea to wear disposable gloves to avoid getting your hands full of dye.
knead the dough until colour is mixed through evenly.
Repeat with different color dyes for the 3 remaining pieces of dough. Store in an airtight container so it lasts.
Here are a few pictures of my kids enjoying their new playdough!
I would love it if you shared a comment below and let me know how your kids liked theirs