Everyone loves play dough, and chances are, your kiddies will go through their stash like it’s going out of fashion (which it’s definitely not!). So, instead of buying kilos of it each year, why not make some yourself? Just mix together flour, water, salt, cream of tartar and oil for a basic recipe or get a little bit fancy with the special blends we’ve sourced below.
DIY dough strengthens little hands, expands imaginations and saves cash, so without further ado, here are 18 recipes we’ve found for homemade play dough. Ready, steady, squish!
Kindy teachers sure know their play dough, so you can trust ‘the best no-cook kindergarten teacher playdough recipe’ over at How Wee Learn to be good!
A twist on the classic
If the supermarket has run out of cream of tartar (trust us, this happens!), then use lemon juice instead. This recipe by Mom Inspired Life is easy peasy citrus squeezy.
Crayon play dough is the ‘write’ stuff for little artistes. Make some conceptual art in moulded dough and do some drawings with the leftover crayons. Genius. (via Sugar Aunts)
Oatmeal play dough adds another dimension to sensory play – it’s kinda smooth, kinda bumpy and more fun than playing with a bowl of porridge! (via Story of Five)
Quiet time dough
For another sensory element, add a scent. This calming lavender recipe smells fab and you can mix in purple food colouring too. Then wait for the little ball of calm to work its magic! (via The Natural Nurturer)
Your tiny Tinkerbell will love creating fairy dust dough. Just hand them a ball of play dough, a tray full of glitter and some fairies for added magic. Then learn how to get glitter off fingers! (via Sugar Spice and Glitter)
To infinity and beyond
For the non-fairy fans, space is the final play dough frontier! This galaxy dough is black as night and starry as the Milky Way. 3, 2, 1 BLAST OFF! (via The Imagination Tree)