Fresh Play Dough…


Today was ‘one of those days’ in our home… all of us lacked sleep last night for different reasons, and it just translated to off days for everybody…

Play dough to the rescue. The kids played with this batch of play dough today for at least 2 1/2 hours (in total, in different sittings!). That’s an incredible amount of time for 3 year old to spend doing anything in our home!

When I suggested we make a fresh batch today Elizabeth started dancing around chanting her typical “I’m so exci-TAL” (she hasn’t mastered the word excited — and this is so much better!)

We set out to make red playdough until I emptied the red food colouring and realized it would be a very light pink. Blue to the rescue and it made for a deep purple!



This afternoon with their purple play dough they played ‘making dinner for pretend’ — and I think my son will be a chef. I can hardly believe how well he cuts ‘meats’ or vegetables… vegetables we’ve seen often in his plate — he chops them up just like I do and carries them on the side of this knife to a different part of his plate just like I do when adding veggies to pots and such. I know a lot of adults who don’t “chop quickly” like he already seems to have mastered. amazing. Tonight he was making ‘beef strips’ with incredible precision & speed.

I thought I’d share this recipe that I found online somewhere sometime ago and scribbled on a tiny piece of paper that floats around my pile of random recipes… one that Elizabeth always recognizes! I don’t know where it’s from — and I know there are about 1034 different versions of homemade play dough out there, but this one is the one that’s been good/easy enough to hold on to the paper and lasts for weeks in an air tight containter (the last batch we had made Oct. 23rd)

Hot water playdough
Mix dry:
1 cup flour (adding a bit more if consistency isn’t quite right)
1/2 cup of salt
2 tbsp cream of tartar

Mix wet:
1 cup boiling water
1 tbsp oil
food colouring

add wet ingredients to dry and let kids mix 🙂

I’ve been meaning to try smells in them such as vanilla or almond — but I’m scared that my dog will start eating it if i do that — so i’ve avoided it!

happy playing!

Oh, and while were on the subject… what works in your home on ‘those days’?? I’d love to hear!


4 thoughts on “Fresh Play Dough…

  1. I love playdough! My husband hates it though because we always make such a mess with it. 🙂

    I saw a playdough Advent calendar and threatened to buy it for the kids. He wasn’t impressed.

    A friend of mine has a homemade playdough recipe that includes natural dyes instead of food colouring. Sounds like a great option too!

    What works at our house? A nice bath with lots of bubbles. Tickle fights in bed. Books, books and more books. Fresh air.

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  3. Very cool idea. We will need to try it with our 3 yo twins. They love to play with Playdough.

    Do you throw it away after play? I was wondering about flour going bad, probably not reusable like the commercial play dough.

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