DIY: Easy colourful playdough

7 March 2019

By far, our most popular go-to activity in our house is playdough.  I started off a few years ago, purchasing the play-doh brand tubs but that can get a bit pricey!
Since being given a homemade recipe from a wonderful friend - we haven't looked back!

It lasts for months in an airtight container and you can add some essential oils to it to make it smell nice too!  I don't often make multiple colours as it just gets all mushed together and goes a greeny brown colour so I tend to make one colour at a time.  I don't pressure my kids into not mixing the colours - I am a firm believer in just letting them do what they want with the playdough (when it comes to playing!  Not eating or other hehe)

All you need is:

1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon cream of tartar

Place a pot on the stove and turn the hob onto a low heat.  Add all the ingredients and mix gently until it starts forming a dough.  Remove off the heat once stiff, add the food colouring until is is mixed in properly.

And that's it!  Sometimes I add in some extra essential oils at the end to make it smell nice too!

I have these AWESOME rollers from Panda Post which are amazing for creating different patterns and ridges in the playdough.  Harry loves to feel the different textures they make.  We also have a few play-doh branded accessories and some Melissa & Doug scissors which they enjoy cutting the playdough with.

Harry especially, can spend up to an hour just faffing at the table while I cook supper.  It is such a lovely thing to have an activity that you know is a sure-fire way of keeping the kiddo's busy!

Enjoy ♥

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