Play Dough Recipe | Learning Activities | Safety For Toddlers
Today I am here not with a regular recipe that you will want to serve your child to eat but a recipe that you will offer your child to play with.
Remember the days when we used to play with “Play Clays”. It was fun but it was toxic too, they smelled yuck, they were sticky and they really used take in lot of efforts in order to soften after they have dried. Do you wish that your kids to play with the same type of play clays???
I guess, you all say a big NO to this!
Well this does not mean that your child will miss out all the fun creating different shapes and figures with play clays, after all that’s a crucial part of their learning process. How about some “Play Dough”?
Yes, play dough are fabulous alternative to these old school play clays. They are non toxic and are safe for your child to play with, moreover you will not need to search for them in stores instead you can make these at home with some easy steps.
So what’s the wait for? Let me now share the easy play dough recipe. There are various recipes to make play dough, I shall share the two most popular and commonly used recipes; one recipe involves no cooking while the other is the cooking version.
Check these out.
No-Cook Play Dough Recipe
- 2 cups plain flour (all purpose flour/refined flour)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
- Food Color (liquid, powder, or unsweetened drink mix)
- Few drops glycerin (optional- adds more shine!)
Step 1 – Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl.
Step 2 – Add food color to the boiling water and then pour it into the dry ingredients. If you are trying to make various colors then use different food colors in different batches.
Step 3 – Stir continuously till the time it becomes sticky and the dough in combined.
Step 4 – If you are using glycerin, then add it to the dough.
Step 5 – Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes. Keep kneading until all of the stickiness of the dough has gone.
Tip – If the dough remains a little sticky then add a slight amount of flour until it has achieved just the right consistency.
Play Dough Recipe (Cook Version)
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 cup salt
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)
- Food Colors (liquid, powder, or unsweetened drink mix)
- Scented Oils (Optional)
Step 1 – Warm water in a pan till it reaches to lukewarm temperature.
Step 2 – Now mix all the ingredients with water. Stir continuously on low heat.
Step 3 – Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry and feels like play dough. Cook till it becomes non sticky.
When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, as shown below, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle.
Tip – A sticky dough is a result of improper cooking, so ensure to cook it properly, a few extra minutes will make a great dough.
These were the two very easy recipes for making play dough. Try it soon and let us know how it turns out to be. Have fun with your kids playing with these