Home-made Playdough

playdoughI remember my mum used to make playdough for me when I was a kid — I LOVED it! When I was old enough I started making the dough myself, and made Christmas and Easter decorations out of it! I remember that I preferred to make plain playdough, without colouring, and paint and lacquer the pieces when it was thoroughly dry.
For our Simple Living theme week I decided to try to make playdough with my kids and it was an instant success!  I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before — it’s made in less than 5 minutes from cheap ingredients that are always in the cupboard, it’s completely natural and earth-friendly, and what child doesn’t like to have their hands in the dough?

Here’s how to make the dough (my way):
-2 cups of plain flour
-3/4 cup of salt
-3/4 cup of water
-1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

Knead well, add more water if too dry and more flour if too wet.  To glue one piece of dough to another it’s best to use a little bit of water. Dry for a couple of days at room temperature to paint and lacquer or keep in a plastic bag for future use… (Just add a bit of water when it gets too dry).  Have fun!!

xxx Esther

6 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Christine | October 7, 2009 | Reply

I love this idea!!! I am going to make this recipe when my friend and her 3 year old come to visit in a couple of weeks. Thanks!

2. Patricia | October 8, 2009 | Reply

Great idea, they’ll love to make the dough and to play with it.
Thank you!

3. Heather @ Green Baby Green Mama | October 8, 2009 | Reply

I can’t wait to make this with my daughter! Thanks for the tip!

4. Sandra | October 8, 2009 | Reply

What a good idea ! Is a 16 month old too young to play with dough ? I would love to try !

5. Esther | October 9, 2009 | Reply

Hi Sandra,
I don’t think 16 months is too young at all! They love to research tactile experiences at that age, and playdough is such a great material to do so! The worst thing that can happen is that she puts it in her mouth, but she won’t like the taste very much (it’s very salty) and even if she does — it’s not at all toxic!

6. Esther | October 9, 2009 | Reply

BTW – I tried drying the finished artwork in the oven (100 degrees celcius) — it took a couple of hours but worked very well! We’re going to start painting tomorrow!

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