This natural play dough recipe is super easy and will bring hours and hours of play and entertainment to your little ones!
Play dough is a wonderful sensory activity for Kids of all ages.
It encourages squashing and squishing, rolling, cutting, pushing… and all the while, strengthening those little finger muscles that are so important for control and handwriting!
We have made and played with play dough since my babies were 6 months old. They are 9 and 7 and still enjoy hours of play dough fun!
A ten-year-old will ‘happily play dough’… trust me! Well, actually a 43-year-old will also happily play with play dough… just saying…
The best part about making your own play dough is that you know exactly what it is made of!
This recipe is so easy. It makes soft and squishy play dough that lasts for months if stored in an airtight container in the fridge when not in use!
Natural play dough recipe ingredients:
This makes 1kg / 2.2lbs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup table salt
- 2 cups room temperature water
- 1Tbs vegetable oil – like sunflower oil
- 4 tsp cream of tartar. This is optional, so don’t stress if you can’t find it. The benefit of adding it to your dough is twofold. One, it acts as a natural preservative, and two, it makes the play dough smoother by breaking down the salt crystals completely.
- 1 Tbs glycerine. This is also an optional ingredient, one I suggest if you want your play dough to last. It helps to keep it from drying out!
I have tested this recipe above – all ingredients – to see how long it lasts out of the container. 5 hours at least before it starts to get a little dry. I thought that was a pretty good result.
We keep our play dough wrapped up in an airtight container in the fridge.
We have kept this recipe good in the fridge for 4 months… and counting…
If you want to add color to the recipe it is easy! Add a few drops of food coloring to the mixture before you start cooking it.
How to make your play dough:
Add all your ingredients into a sturdy cooking pot and mix well.
I usually start with all the dry ingredients, mix them, and then I add the wet ingredients.
Add your food coloring now if you want a colored dough.
Once everything is fully mixed together put the pot onto medium heat and keep stirring.
Stir until the mixture comes together to form a doughy-like blob. It can still be a little wet to handle, but not runny.
Take the dough out of the pot and knead well. The longer you knead it, the smoother and better it gets.
The dough remains soft and squishy and does not get sticky. This allows you to use stamps to make impressions!
This natural play dough recipe is completely taste-safe, this means that if it ends up in your child’s mouth it is non-toxic.
Like with any play dough, especially if it has been used a few times, there may be bacteria lurking around!
Play dough can also be a choking hazard. You know your child best!