Need a quick, fun Saturday afternoon idea for the kids. How about some homemade play dough? Sounds complicated right? Trust me it doesn’t have to be AND most kids LOVE play dough. The possibilities for play are endless, resulting in great creative and imaginative play, and doubling as a wonderful sensory activity. For a list of cool ways to play with play dough check out this wonderful post by notimeforflashcards.com They give simple add- ins that can take playing with play dough to a whole new, exciting level.
Here are a few of my favorite, quick and easy play dough recipes (remember you can add food colouring or sparkles to any of the following recipes to make it more exciting!)…
Tried, true and tested. This is a no fail, simple to make play dough.
1 Cup Water
4 Cups Flour
2 – 4 tbsp Cooking oil
1 ½ cups salt
Mix the dry ingredients with the water (if using food colouring, add it to the water before mixing in the dry ingredients). Then add in the oil. The oil will help keep the dough soft. Knead all together and add more oil, as needed, until it has a soft consistency and is no longer crumbly. If you desire you could add in the sparkles, to add extra fun and another element of texture.
Koolaid Play Dough
This recipe makes great colours (no need for dyes) and smells delicious. Your kids will enjoy the extra visual and olfactory sensory stimulation that this dough provides.
2 Cups Flour
½ Cup Salt
2 Packs of Kool Aid
1 – 1 ½ Cups boiling water
1.5 tbsp oil
Mix the dry ingredients together. Mix the water and oil together. Add to the dry ingredients and knead until blended. If the dough seems too sticky add more flour and if it seems too crumbly add more oil and or water.
Edible Oatmeal Play Dough
This recipe is great for little ones who like to stick everything in their mouth. If you do make this and expect your child to eat it remember DO NOT add sparkles or food colouring.
½ Cup Flour (extra for kneading)
1 Cup Oatmeal
½ Cup water
Mix the ingredients together and add more flour if it feels too sticky. If you find the dough is too hard you can add more water or some oil to help soften it up.