Alicia fell sick over the weekend so she had to miss school today. To cheer her up, I decided to try something different with her and we made playdough! I was really quite apprehensive as even though I’ve been reading quite a bit about making playdough, it was a different thing trying to put the act together.
Nevertheless, I’m very glad that the recipe I worked with worked well, with some impromptu alterations as I made the playdoh (printable recipe below).
- 2.5-3 cups plain flour (the original recipe called for 2 cups but I've used more and so have my readers who tried so I've edited this to reflect the changes made)
- ½ cup salt
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- up to 2 cups boiling water
- food colouring (I worked with only red, blue and yellow)
- glycerin (optional, for extra shine - I didn't use it this time)
- glitter (optional)
- Mix the ingredients together (except water and food colouring)
- Pour in the boiling water. Don't pour 2 cups in immediately. Adjust as you go along.
- Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky dough.
- Let it cool down a bit then knead it vigorously for a few minutes until the texture is that of playdoh.
- If it's still sticky, add a bit more flour and knead again. Adjust accordingly.
- Separate the dough into as many balls (I made 8) as you wish to colour using the food colouring.
- Add the food colouring to individual balls then knead in the colour till the dough is of a solid colour.
Note: I didn’t scent or add glitter etc. to the dough this time as it’s my first attempt at making playdough and I wanted Alex to play with it too. I’m too paranoid that he’d eat the glitter etc. but I did so when I made Christmas playdough!
View the playdoh mats printables list I collated.
Other sensory play activities:
- Beans for sensory play
- Farm sensory bin
- Ocean themed sensory bin
- Coloured salt sensory bin
- Penguin small world play
- Sensory bags for babies and kids
- Ice alphabet letters play
- Fall scented cloud dough
- Exploring velcro (with velcro craft sticks – open-ended fun!)
- Home-made playdoh & playdoh mats printables list
- Christmas playdoh
- Contact paper process art