DIY Toys: Playdough
Sensory Play with Homemade Playdough
A long weekend is coming up! If your plans are staying in and watching the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, you might as well plan some activities with your child before that day. Here are two recipes for playdough which are great for sensory play! You can make these from ingredients already in your kitchen instead of buying expensive playdough from the store.
I got this recipe from “The Everything Toddler Activities Book” which we got on sale for 100 Pesos when my wife was still pregnant. I’ve been waiting to do the activities in this book which are mostly for toddlers 18 months and older. According to the book, this playdough does not harden.
– 1 cup flour
– 1/2 cup salt
– 1 cup water
– 1 tablespoon cooking oil
– 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
– food coloring
Instead of using 1 color, I divided the dough into 4 and colored them separately.
1. Mix all the ingredients (except food coloring) in a saucepan and place on low heat
2. The book says keep mixing and remove from heat when it has the consistency of mashed potatoes. I haven’t eaten a lot of mashed potatoes so I just mixed it until it turned into a ball and the clumps were gone
3. Remove from heat and divide into four parts (warning: hot!) or make separate batch for a different color
4. I used this assorted food color and egg dye from the grocery, putting 4 drops for each color. Knead the dough until the food coloring is well mixed. It’s up to you to make it darker or lighter (tip: Use plastic kitchen gloves or your hand will be dyed)
This makes about 1 1/2 cups of playdough. I used rock salt for this recipe but not all salt crystals melted and I had pick them off while playing. Just use fine salt to be sure. The playdough was soft but malleable and I also like how the color turned out.
My son was curious at first, poking and pinching the playdough. But after a while he didn’t seem to like the feeling on his hands and lost interest.
Store it in an airtight container, I just placed them in one plastic container inside a zip bag.
I don’t know why this is called cloud dough, probably because you feel like on the clouds while playing. There was also a recipe for this on the book but I didn’t have the ingredients on hand at the time so I searched for cloud dough recipes on the Internet and most of them were very similar. This is very easy to make and does not require any cooking!
– 8 parts flour
– 1 part vegetable oil/baby oil
1. Put all ingredients in a container and mix well.
I used vegetable oil in case my son puts some in his mouth. I mixed 2 cups of flour with 1/4 cup of vegetable oil. This playdough has the consistency of damp very fine sand.
I laid out a blanket to play on for easier clean up later. My son loves playing on the sand so when he saw this he was really excited and played for a long time.
I added pandan flavor on some of the dough and they turned a light green. I’ll try to use the food coloring next time.
I didn’t make more because I wasn’t prepared with storage. Store the cloud dough in an airtight container and I’ve read it should last for months or a few weeks if too much hair and dirt gets mixed in.
I hope you and your child(ren) have as much fun as we did. If you missed my other post on recycled DIY toys, you can check it out here.