Nurturestore has lots of articles about fun play dough ideas but I though today I’d get back to basics with an easy play dough recipe master class. I’m often asked for a play dough recipe by people who are trying out home-made play dough for the first time, so I thought I’d post a step-by-step guide to my favourite no cook recipe. I’ve included some tips and tricks to answer the most common play dough crises and added in some fun ideas for you to try once you’ve mastered the basic play dough recipe to jazz it up a little! There’s also a link to my free Let’s Play Dough e-book.
Calling it a master class is very tongue-in-cheek: it’s a super easy recipe and even if you’ve never tried making your own play dough before I’m sure you’ll be able to whip up a cordon bleu version.
Easy play dough recipe master class
I’m going to show you my favourite no cook play dough recipe. There are many versions and variations of play dough available but this is the one I use most often because it’s easy, quick and lasts really well.
Step One: Take a large bowl and add 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, oil, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
Step Two: add in any dry extras such as glitter
Step Three: boil the kettle and pour 1 1/2 cups of the water into your mixture. Add in any food colouring at this stage so it mixes evenly through the dough.
Step Four: mix the ingredients together to form a dough.
Step Five: done! Your easy play dough recipe is complete and you’re ready to play.
Play dough problems: solved
Play dough too crumbly? Add a little more oil.
Play dough too sticky? Add in a little more flour.
Want a coloured play dough? For white snow play dough use corn flour instead of regular flour. For chocolate play dough use a mix of flour and cocoa. For other colours, add in some food colouring. Add the food colouring along with the water, rather than trying to knead it in later, to get a more even colour and so the children don’t end up with colouring all over their hands. Try black space play dough or red Valentine play dough.
Want to make your play dough smell good? Add some fragrance by mixing in some herbs or spices with your flour: try cinnamon play dough. Using essential oils can be too harsh on children’s skin so you might like to try food oils such as orange or vanilla essence instead. Try ice-cream play dough.
Want a gluten free recipe? Try the no flour play dough recipe over at Messy Kids.
Not got all the ingredients? If you discover you have no cream of tartar, no problem – just leave it out. You can make a basic dough just by combining flour and water if that’s all you have. The dough won’t last but will give you a great day’s worth of play.
Want to add in some extra play and learning? Try using cocktail sticks / tooth picks for maths play. Add pencils and try some mark making. Encourage imaginations with under the sea or outer space play dough.
Got another play dough question or a great tip? Please share with us in the comments.
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