I’ve been looking for ways to keep the Little Man entertained during the day now that he’s getting older and more curious about everything.
Last week I decided it was time to introduce him to the classic that is homemade play doh. I knew that my trusty Pea, Tamara (of One Craftee Mumma) had made some cool looking play doh a few weeks back so I decided to give it a try.
…the finished product…
I searched for a few different recipes for it because I didn’t want to use food coloring (stains hands and anything it comes in contact with) and I wanted to avoid using buckets of salt.
After much looking I settled on using the same recipe Tamara had – it’s from Modern Parents Messy Kids and uses jelly for the coloring. (Which has the added bonus of making the play doh smell awesome and gives it a pastel coloring.)
Making the dough is really easy, if not a little bit of an upper body workout.
Once it was made I let him loose with it and it turns out he’s not a huge fan of play doh… oh well! I tried an alternative and put a ball of it in to a ziploc bag and let him play with it like that and that seemed to be a bit of a hit. (Also helps to keep the place tidy and when he’s done with it I just pop it in the fridge!)
…what you’ll need…
Jelly Play Doh
1 cup white flour
1 cup warm water (from your hot water tap)
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 packet Aeroplane Jelly
1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan. Mix until smooth.
2. Put saucepan on a medium heat and stir the mixture until it thickens and forms a ball.
3. Put the dough on a floured cutting board or a floured non-stick cookie sheet and leave it to cool for about 30 minutes.
4. Once cooled kneaded in approximately half a cup of flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Tip: If the dough starts to become sticky again just add more flour.
Source: Modern Parents Messy Kids