Tuesday, 30 May 2017

DIY Playdough | Homemade Playdough

Growing up, playdough was one of my favourite play items. I have spent hours by myself, creating stuff with it. I loved the colours, texture and just the endless creative options playdough offered. 

I love such creative play for my little boy, hence wanted to introduce him to playdough early, though at 15 months, he is too little to play with it all by himself right now. It is more of an introduction to new textures and colours for him now. I hope to see him enjoy playing with playdough as much as his mommy did when she was little! :)

Since, he still mouths toys at times, I wanted to make a toddler safe playdough for him. This recipe is entirely made up of cooking ingredients and hence it not dangerous if a child decides to give it a taste! However, due to its high salt content, it isn't really edible for a child and hence, constant monitoring is required when young toddlers play with this homemade playdough.

Sharing a simple homemade playdough recipe that I tried and loved! The texture is absolutely smooth and stayed that way even after our play today. Made it while the mini napped and I had fun too playing with these before he woke up! :) 

This is how I made the playdough.

All purpose Flour / Maida - 2 cups 
Salt - 1 cup 
Oil - 1 tbsp 
Water - 2 cups 
Cream of tartar - 4 tsp (Cream of tartar is a baking ingredient that helps the playdough to become softer and last longer.)
Food Colours (I used Wilton Gel Food Colours)

  • In a large pot, mix all the ingredients except food colours. The mixture is initially runny and will eventually thicken up. 
  • Keep on medium flame and stir continuously for about 2 mins. Once the mixture turns into a dough-like consistency take off stove and allow to cool. 
  • Knead the dough like bread a couple of times and then portion it out into smaller balls depending on the number of colours you want to add. 
  • Add a bit of food colour to a small ball and knead well. Use the base of your palms and knead on the kitchen counter for evenly spreading the colour onto the dough ball. 
  • Repeat the above process for the rest of the balls with different colours. 

  • Store in Ziploc pouch in the refrigerator after use. (it is said to last up to 6 months if stored well!)

 Mini had fun exploring this new texture! 


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