If you have never tried making your own play dough, now it’s the time to give it a try. As compared to store bought play dough, homemade version is softer and smoother, less sticky and last longer. They are inexpensive too.
I got Elisa to help me out with making the play dough. I weighed all the ingredients and she helped by pouring and mixing the ingredients. She was having fun until she “dirtied” her hands and started crying for help. “diiiirtty”. My silly girl.
Some friends warned me about introducing Elisa to play dough. They told me about the mess she will create and how they’ll always find bits and pieces of play dough all over their house; on the wall, floor, sofa and etc. Well, so far I have not stepped on any nor find any new decorations on the wall. I’m quite happy with that.
What you’ll need:
2 cups plain flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1.5 cups boiling water
Food colouring (I used Wilton gel colours)
1. Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
2. Add food colouring to the boiling water. Stir to dissolve.
3. Pour coloured water into the dry ingredients. Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough.
4. Allow it to cool down then knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone (if it’s still sticky, add a bit more flour until just right).
5. Store in an air tight container. The play dough can last up to 6 months.
** two months on, the play dough is still soft and smooth.