In light of the fact that it’s the weekend and I want to do lots of fun things, I decided to make some homemade play-doh with Darcey tonight and we had lots of fun. It’s a really simple, no-cook recipe so I thought I’d write a really quick ad-hoc post about it in case you’re looking for some rainy day activities to do with a toddler because seriously, what on earth is going on with this weather?
NB – this dough is really salty so make sure your small humans and furry humans don’t eat it and make sure you wash their hands after playtime.
Ingredients you’ll need:
3 level teaspoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Lots of food colouring
Measure your dry ingredients into the bowl. I discovered that this is easier when you don’t have a wriggly person balanced on one hip. Another tip to save the dust is to put the cup in the bowl whilst you measure! Over the top, pour the oil and the food colouring. You will need LOADS of food colouring for a bright colour. We used 2 tubes of gel food colouring for the red & yellow but only had one tube of the blue and you can see it’s much less vivid. Over the top of those ingredients pour the boiling water. I started with one cupful and slowly added more until you get a rough consistency of the playdoh you can buy in stores. You’ll find you can just about bring it together with a spoon but as soon as you can touch it (it’s hot from the boiling water!) turn it out onto a cold surface and knead it a while. It’s a little bit addictive. Nath is still playing with some whilst I type. Darcey has long since become disinterested!
And after that, you’re pretty much ready to play. (Or launch it like a missile, as Darcey clearly prefers). Next time we make it we’re going to add some glitter and a packet of Angel Delight! I’ve been reliably informed that this makes it smell a lot more child-friendly.