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HOMEMADE PLAY DOUGH THAT'S SAFE FOR KIDS

September 27, 2015

 

There will be several kids under the age of 4 at my daughter's upcoming birthday party, and I thought for fun, why not have them experiment with play dough? (Not Playdoh, but just like it!)

 

This was my first time making it, but turns out, it's super easy to do.  I didn't even have to go out of my way to shop for ingredients - I looked in my baking cupboard, and everything was there.  Bonus!

 

What's also really awesome about this project is that it uses ingredients that are completely safe for children.  Well let's be frank - you can eat it! (Although after a few hands touch it, I wouldn't!)

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

  • 3/4 cup water

  • Red food colouring

  • 2 cups flour

  • 3/4 cup salt

  • 3 - 4 tablespoons sunflower oil

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

Pour water into a large mixing bowl.  Add the food colouring.  I didn't measure this part, but just let the food colouring pour out.  The more you add though, the deeper the colour of your play dough.  Mine turned out a light pink.  Perfect.  What little girl doesn't have pink at her party?

 

Add the dry ingredients, starting with the flour.  Then, with a spatula, begin to stir the mixture.

 

The mixture will be crumbly at this point.  Add the sunflower oil to begin bonding, one tablespoon at a time.  You may only need 3 tablespoons.  If you add too much, the mixture will be too oily, and you'll have to start over.  Stir well with the spatula.

 

Lay out wax paper on your surface.  Knead the mixture there with your hands until a soft dough is formed.  This could take 3 - 5 minutes.

 

Here's a picture of my finished dough:

 

 

I bought a set of 3 butterfly cookie cutters ($3 at HomeSense) because butterflies are the theme for the party.

 

 

 

I thought the kids would have fun making shapes.

 

Making home made play dough is that easy.  If you'd like, you can also add orange extract, as an example, for scent.  I threw in what little I had left in my bottle, but don't think it was enough unfortunately (maybe I did need to make a shopping trip afterall! :) )

 

Storing the play dough is easy too.  Simply put it in a plastic container or bag.  It should hopefully last me until next weekend (but we will see I guess!)

 

Thanks for taking a look here today.  I will have more party games/tutorials to show you after the party.  

 

Have a wonderful day all.

 

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