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Make Your Own Messy Play Dough

Playdough is the perfect sensory activity for kids and simple cupboard ingredients can be turned into sparkly homemade playdough. This child friendly kids craft is fun, easy to make and costs next to nothing. It’s also safe so it won’t cause harm if its swallowed accidentally.

Use your imagination and create awesome figurine masterpieces after playing. Add a twist with glitter or essential oils that smell amazing.

 

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsps. cooking oil
  • 4 tsps. cream of tartar
  • Few drops of food colouring in different colours
  • Optional: glitter or a few drops of essential oils


To make:

  1. Get an adult to help you.
  2. Pour all dry ingredients into a saucepan and stir in the liquids gradually.
  3. Stir on very low heat until the dough forms a ball and becomes less sticky.
  4. Turn out onto a clean surface and knead it until smooth.
  5. Split the dough into four parts, add a couple of drops of food colouring to each.
  6. Glitter and essential oils can be added at this point if you like.
  7. Your playdough is now ready to squish and roll.

Messy play dough recipe - what to do

  1. Pour all the dry ingredients into a saucepan and stir in the liquids gradually.
  2. Stir on a very low heat until the dough forms a ball, and becomes less sticky.
  3. Turn it out onto a clean surface and knead it until it becomes smooth and squidgy!
  4. Split the play dough into four and add a couple of drops of food colouring to make 4 colours of dough. At this point you can also add some glitter to the dough to make it super sparkly – be warned this will make the play dough even messier!

 

Making play dough shapes

Once you and your kids have made your play dough, it’s time for them to really get stuck in and get hands-on with the dough. Let them splat, squidge, or roll different shapes with their fingers, or give them plastic cutters to create more refined figures, like stars or animals.

You can either leave the play dough to set over night and keep their creations as keepsakes or gifts for loved ones, or roll the dough back up into balls and keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks – this way your kids will get to play with their homemade play dough multiple times!

For an alternative play dough recipe, check out our article on how to make cloud dough – it’s a light, fluffy dough that originates from Chile! Or, why not try making your own clay for kids – follow our recipe here. Kids will love making this messy play dough and creating their own sculptural masterpieces!

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