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.

IMG_7726…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!)

gnomeangel play doh ingredients…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


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  2. michelle says

    Amber took a while to get into it too, it is a strange sensation. But now she loves it, After two weeks at home, i couldn’t care if i never see playdoh again in my LIFE!! :) He will love it later! Does it taste yum with the Jelly?

    • says

      I’m just looking for things to keep him entertained these days. I wasn’t game enough to try it – the smell was enough to make me want to puke when it was cooking up. I know the heavily salted version is yuck!

  3. says

    This is such a great idea. I like the idea of home made playdough, but all that dye! Yuck! Did you try some cookie cutters with him? Or that squeezy machine thing which makes the worms? (No idea what that is called – we had one as kids and we LOVED it!)

    • says

      Yeah I wasn’t too thrilled with the thought of dye – but the jelly crystal version doesn’t use any or leave any dye residue when you play with it.

      I did and I let him have a free for all in the 3rd drawer down to use whatever he wanted. I think the thing you’re thinking of is a garlic press? Didn’t let him at that – have learnt from experience that play doh doesn’t come out of that too easy… a colander works a treat though – push it through the sides.

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