I do buy play dough from the store, but there's something special about making your own from scratch with your child. It can be any scent or color you want it to and the texture is just different (some say better).
I've made play dough from many recipes with different ingredients and cooking times, but my favorite is this no cook recipe. Not only can my child read the recipe and make it pretty much on her own, but it lasts a long time in a container.
(photo courtesy of The Activity Mom)
No Cook Play Dough Recipe
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup warm water
Mix with your hands until it forms into a nice ball. If it is too sticky, add more flour. If it is too dry, add more water.
Add a few drops of essential oils or a Tablespoon of cinnamon to make it scented.
Add a drop or two of food coloring to change the color.
Play Dough Travel Kit
You can make a play dough travel kit (pictured above) by putting a ball of play dough in a plastic container and including a few odds and ends such as:
- pipe cleaners
- googly eyes
- golf tees
- paper clips
- craft sticks
Your child will create and create again with these loose parts and the dough. It is ok if beads or gems get stuck in the dough. Your child will enjoy the challenge of getting them out and that challenge is great for fine motor skill development.
(photo courtesy of pixabay)
Ways to Play
- Use cookie cutters
- Roll it with a rolling pin
- Add toothpicks
- Hit balls of dough with a hammer
No matter what your favorite play dough recipe contains or what accessories you have on hand, I hope your dough gives your child hours of pretend play and FUN!