Looking for some play dough inspiration?
Getting bored of the normal play dough recipes?
Here is a recipe for play dough – made using GREEN TEA – and this one does not require cream of tartar like so many of the others!
We make so much play dough in our house, we love homemade play recipes as they are often cheaper and way more natural than store bought!
Most of our play dough recipes – including this Green Tea one – are completely taste safe, so perfect to make for little ones who are still putting things in their mouths!
Choking is still a concern of course – so watch carefully!
Green Tea Play Dough Ingredients:
- 1 cup cooking (fine) salt
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups Strong Green Tea
- 1 Table Spoon Oil – we used sunflower oil (any vegetable oil would do)
- 1 Table Spoon Glycerine – available in cooking shops or pharmacy or here on Amazon (affiliate link)
NOTE: I made the green tea ahead and let it sit for a while. You can use tea leaves or cut open 3 tea bags – for 2 cups of boiling water.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a big pot and then put it onto the stove.
- At first the mixture is quite runny, but after a few minutes on the stove it forms a dough.
- Keep string continuously, make sure to stir the bottom of the pot so it does not burn.
- In about 2 minutes your mixture will be like dough.
- Take it out, allow it to cool and knead like bread a few times.
NOTE : You can use any pot but if you choose a non stick one and use a wooden spoon all the play dough should come away from the sides!
Why do I cook this play dough?
Cooking the dough literally takes two minutes, so no time consuming effort at all, but still there are many no cook dough recipes out there – some we love… This recipe specifically has no cream of tartar = that I believe acts as a further binding agent for the flour salt and water.
Cooking the dough helps to bind it, and cooked play dough seems to last longer. It is worth the little extra effort.
We love this play dough as it does not need cream of tartar – which from some reason is not always available – or at home for that matter!
The tea leaves also give this dough some texture and an interesting appearance!
Green tea is actually more yellow than green when you make it – if you want your dough to be green you could always add a tiny bit of green food coloring into the mixture.
Kept in a zip lock bag, this play dough should last for weeks and weeks in the fridge!
Let us know how you get on!
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