My kids and I were having an at home (recoup from craziness) day. The only problem with this is they need something interactive and fun to keep them happy. They asked for play dough, and ours was looking a little worse for wear. Uhg. There is something about cooking play dough over the stove that rubs me the wrong way. The dough just sticks to the pot, creating a mess, and you stir and stir wondering the whole time if you are cooking it long enough or too long. So I looked up a non-cook recipe and found one on the imagination tree blog. I changed a few things on the ingredients list (I didn’t use glycerin, and added essential oils)
A no cook, simple play dough recipe.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
- food colouring
- essential oil (Optional)
- Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
- Add food colouring and essential oil TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients (colour optional)
- Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
- Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
- (If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right)
Lasts for 6 months
This is so simple, my toddler basically did all of it. (I measured, and dealt with the hot things)
Here are some photos of the process, incase you want more of a step by step:
Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl.
Add food colouring and essential oil TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients (colour optional). We used about 2 drops of Joy Essential Oil, and about 5 drops of pink food colouring.
Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. This only took us a minute or two, and then the kids played with it, so it was no problem getting it to a good consistency. Easy Peasy!
You are done! Your kids will get plenty of hours of play out of this batch. Make sure you store it in an air tight bag or container so it doesn’t dry out. It can last up to 6 months if you take good care of it.