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I love making playdough for Locky. It’s such a fun activity for us to do together. I’ve allowed him to help me “mix” the dry ingredients before and though that turned out to be a hideous floury mess, he loved it and had lots of fun so really one can’t complain. Usually I make it on my own when the boys are asleep, or at least Locky is asleep. Cooper is still so little that he isn’t interested in getting involved yet.. Much faster, easier and a heck of a lot less messier when I do it without the toddler.
This is my favourite playdough recipe so far. There are so many recipes out there but to me they’re all pretty similar. I love the consistency of this recipe. It stays together nicely, isn’t too firm for little hands and doesn’t leave any yucky residue on your hands. It’s quite rubbery which I like also.
The other thing I love about this recipe is that there is no cooking required and that my friends is a massive plus for me. I don’t have the need to be dirtying more pots and pans than I already do.
This easy playdough recipe is a hot water method recipe. You can find recipes for cold water which is much more fun and better if your children are helping the whole time and like my toddler completely impatient to allow the dough to cool down before touching it. I’ll share with you a cold water recipe next time and you can decide what you prefer but so far this is my favourite recipe.
EASY HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH RECIPE
What Ingredients Do I Need?
2 Cups Plain Flour
1 Cup Salt
2 Tbsp Cream Of Tartar
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Cups Boiling Water
How Do I Make This Bad Boy?
1. Place all the dry ingredients in a large metal bowl. Mix.
2. Create a well in the middle of your dry mixture. Add olive oil followed by the boiling water.
3. Quickly stir dry and wet ingredients.
4. Leave until cool enough for you to touch and knead.
5. You have two options. You can do one colour for one batch (that is a lot of one single colour) or like me you can separate the batch into a few balls and make different coloured smaller balls. If you wish to make one large batch I suggest you add the food colouring with the wet ingredients. If you wish to make a selection of colours out of one single batch then after creating your individual balls, make a well in the middle of each ball and add your desired colours. The amount of food colouring depends on wether you want a light coloured playdough or a vibrant coloured selection. This is completely up to you. Once you have added your food colouring knead until the dough and food colouring are mixed well and have an even colour.
Now you can play and enjoy some serious playdough fun and best of all you know exactly what’s in it and your child can go to town with it! I still don’t like Locky eating it but I’m at ease if he does eat it without me watching.
I will admit this will leave your hands fairly stained unless you wear gloves but it is so much fun to make. Once the food colouring is well mixed into the dough you shouldn’t have any concerns about your child getting food colouring all over them.
Locky loves playing with this stuff. He really thinks it’s the best fun ever. I love having it around to quickly set up for some fabulous sensory play.
Have you made playdough for your little one yet? What recipe did you try? Where you happy with the results?