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As a mother of three, a freelancer working from home and a big advocate for as little screen time as possible, I’m always on the lookout for fun things that can keep my three daughters busy playing for as long as possible. Play dough is a big favorite in our house, but since my youngest is still so little that she might decide to taste whatever she has in her hands, I’m sticking to this homemade and toxic free recipe that doesn’t require much else than what most families already have standing around in their kitchen. It’s quick, fun and cheap to make and my daughters love to see how the colors always come of differently and experiment with mixing different primary colors to do their own seasonal palette.
How to make homemade toxic-free play dough
1 cup of flour
1 cup of warm water
1/2 cup of salt
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 tablespoon of cream of tartar (optional for better elasticity)
Scented oils (optional)
Mix all ingredients
Except for the food colouring in a saucepan and stir over low heat. The dough will quickly begin to thicken up. Keep staring over low heat until the dough starts looking like mashed potatoes. When the dough starts to clump up in the middle of the pan, or when it no longer sticks to the spoon or your finger, turn off the heat and let it cool down.
Pour the dough out on a
clean surface and knead
Pour the dough out on a clean surface and knead until it becomes silky smooth. This can take a while.
Divide the dough into small
balls for colouring
Divide the dough into small balls for colouring.
Drop a tiny bit of food colouring into a divot in the dough and work the food colouring into the dough. Be aware to keep the raw dye away from your skin or the table as this will otherwise leave colour marks on you. If you want to make sure the food colouring doesn’t stain, you can work the colour into the dough while the dough is in a plastic bag. Only the concentrated colour will leave marks. As soon as it is worked into the dough you don’t need to be concerned about stains any longer.
To keep the playdough from drying out, keep it in an airtight container
Make sure the dough is completely cold before storing it
Extra Bonus: If you want to make hard dough figures or ornaments for Halloween or Christmas, it is possible to bake the play dough in the oven.
Now it’s time to play and have fun!
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