DIY Play Dough

All I’ve posted about  here so far has been food. I swear I do more than cook! Although I’m completely turning into a foodie, my greatest love is my son. Below is what we did recently:

So in an effort to keep the little one busy I’m constantly searching Pinterest for fun new games or ways to make old games new. I’m totally into art so Danny and I color a lot, but he just needed something new. So I happened upon a post about hundreds of activities to do with kids up to age 5. Um, yes please! Click here to be amazed!  Productive Parenting was a great source. Lots of ideas, yes some were silly or boring, but lots were great “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas. Some even just put a new spin on things we were already doing. On the left side of the page you select the age group you are trying to entertain and POOF! Entertainment! This time I thought it would be fun to make our own play dough. Danny had mixed feelings.

Click here to go to their link or just keep reading for my step by step and results:


Mix 2 cups of flour, 3/4 cup salt, 3/4 to 1 cup of colored water, 1 tablespoon of oil. (I didn’t have oil and it seemed to turn out ok)

Here’s my adventure:



Flour, salt and blue water.

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I should have used more food coloring as the play dough turned out to be more of an undesirable hospital wall paint color, but after mixing and then rolling it in a bit more flour to rid it of the stickiness(maybe that’s what the oil was for?), it did the job! I put a layer of wax paper down (with washi tape, lol) to protect the table and hoped for an enthusiastic squeal of delight as Danny started to play. That was not how this all went down.


First he cried because he couldn’t eat it. Then he cried because he tried to eat it and it was not good. So sad. But with a little encouragement we started to play, potato masher, cookie cutters, and messy hands.

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The best part is that you can put it in a zip lock bag pop it in the fridge and use it another day. Should I do this again, which I think I might, I’ll split up the recipe in half and do two colors with much more food coloring.

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