Kids love playdough but did you know how cheap and easy it was to make at home? Playdough is a fail-safe way to engross and enthuse kids, and here they can enjoy making the playdough as well as modelling with it for months after. You can customise it with different colours, glitter or even smells for a more sensory experience. Playdough ticks all of the boxes educationally and grows with kids as it’s so versatile for different learning experiences –– also kids love the stuff!
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Store play dough in a covered container or ziplock bag (squeeze out the air) to keep it fresh for months! Store in a cool dry place.
- 2 cups plain flour
- ½ cup salt
- 2 tbsps cream of tartar
- 2 tbsps vegetable oil
- Food colouring
- 1 to 1½ cups of warm water
- Mixing spoon
Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil together in a mixing bowl.
If your dough is going to be all one colour add the food colouring to the warm water as it’s an easier way to get a consistent colour, if not move to steps 3 to 5.
Slowly add the water to the mixing bowl a little at a time. Stirring it until it becomes a combined dough.
Knead the dough vigorously until all of the stickiness has gone. If it’s still a little sticky you can add a small dusting of flour to get the perfect consistency.
If you’re making a few colours, scents or glitter dough, split the dough into equal parts depending on how many types you want. Add the dough to small sandwich bags and add a few drops of food colouring, scent or glitter. The more generous you are the brighter the colour will be. Knead the dough inside the bag so that you don’t dye your hands. Keep kneading until it’s mixed thoroughly.