Looking for an easy after school activity for your kids? Why not whip up some homemade playdough? It smells sooooo much nicer than the store bought variety, and feels silky smooth in your hands. I first tried my hand at making this last year for our daughter’s Frozen birthday party, and it was a hit. Since then, this is the only playdough we use.
Not only is it a fun sensory exercise, but we also build in math lessons for our five year old. She helps me measure the ingredients, mix them together, then experiments with the food coloring. It’s a simple recipe, and if you’ve never made it – you first mix the dry ingredients in a pot, then add the liquids and stir until it looks like this.
And then it’s time to create with your homemade playdough! We raided the dollar store for all types of knick knacks and cookie cutters to play with…
While our eldest methodically sculpts and creates faces…
or how about a birthday cake?
It’s fun to make homemade playdough based on holidays and seasons, St. Patrick’s Day will be the next batch we make. And add any scent or ‘flavor’ you prefer! I only had vanilla, but grape and cherry are fun too…here’s the recipe!
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
- (optional ingredients)
- 1/2 bottle vanilla or other extract
- 2-3 drops glycerin (makes it silky and shiny)
- 5-6 drops of food coloring
- Mix all dry ingredients together, and then add all wet ingredients. Stir until well blended.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until a ball forms.
- Transfer hot play dough carefully to a floured surface. Knead as the dough cools.
- When cooled, store in a ziplock bag or airtight container.
- Have fun!