I donâ€™t know if youâ€™ve had the opportunity to work with Play-Doh lately, but my niece Mitra loooooves the stuff so I get to play with it all the time. It comes in all kinds of crazy colors these days- you can actually buy a pack that claims to have 50 different colors! Oh, and it smells disgusting.
I never knew about REAL Play-Doh as a kid, because my resourceful mom made my sisters and me play with homemade play-dough. Itâ€™s cheaper, itâ€™s safe, itâ€™s edible, and itâ€™s great for people like me who donâ€™t have too many toys in their house. It only takes a few minutes to make, and can even be composted afterwards (if youâ€™re into that sort of thing.)
You donâ€™t need the fancy toys and accessories either- you can find all kinds of great substitutes around the house. A garlic press was our personal favorite as kids. Plastic cookie cutters and rubber stamps are really fun as well. With littler kids, anything that makes a texture is fun and educational- a pot scrubber, a mesh strainer, etc.
Recipe to make homemade play-dough:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1/4 cup salt
- In a saucepan, combine flour, water, cream of tartar, oil, and salt.
- Stir over medium heat until smooth.
- Remove from pan and knead until blended.
- Store in a plastic bag or airtight container when cooled.
If you want to be fancy, add colors or glitter. You can knead in food coloring pastes or liquids. It wonâ€™t be as vibrant as the store-bought stuff, and your hands will pick up the color when you mix it in. If you donâ€™t want to risk blue hands, just let the kid mix it in! 🙂
[Photos by Anna Azimi]
Find more crafts to do together at our makin’ it series!