Playdough is always a hit at Messy Hands and it is one of the easiest things to make to keep small people entertained. I find myself making it every few weeks either for a messy session, birthday party or for my oldest son. We usually make this recipe together and from measuring out ingredients to having a play, it can keep him interested for over two hours, really great on rainy days!
Choose any children’s cup for your measurements, just be consistent and use the same one throughout.
2 cups of plain flour
Half a cup of table salt
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 tablespoon of cream of tarter
One big spurt of baby lotion (optional)
One big spurt of paint or a tablespoon of food colouring
One cup of boiling water from the kettle
- Mix all the dry ingredients together
- Add in the wet ingredients (apart from the hot water) and mix
- Add the boiling water a little bit at a time until you get the perfect playdough consistency
If you want to make more than one colour of play dough finish making the dough then add divide and add paint or colouring in. It will take more kneading if you do it this way.
Other options to give your playdough some variety are to add glitter (with dry ingredients) or make is smell with peppermint essence, cloves or fresh herbs.