My kids love kneading, rolling and sometimes throwing play dough. Most of the time when all the fun is done the lid doesn’t get put on the jar correctly and it inevitably dries out. Never fear, homemade play dough is here! It is super simple, non-toxic and I bet you already have all of the ingredients in your cabinets. It’s a great way to “cook” with your kids and when you are done in the kitchen the fun doesn’t have to stop.
2 cup of all-purpose flour
2 cup of boiling water (try the microwave for 3 minutes)
1 cup of salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Food coloring (use at the end)
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl adding the water last. Mom or Dad should handle the hot water! Make sure the water doesn’t cool too much before you add it in, otherwise it will not congeal.
Use a wooden spoon to mix until it becomes too sticky to turn. Turn out onto a table and knead to desired consistency. Separate then add food coloring and knead again.
Put your dough in a plastic zip bag and it will be ready for next time!
Use essential oil to add scent. Try lavender or peppermint! A drop or two will do.
Why not add a little glitter?
Gel food coloring tends to yield more vibrant colors but any kind will do. Why not take this time to also make it a learning experience about color combinations. For example how red and blue make purple.