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My kids absolutely adore play dough.
I’m not sure why. Both my husband and I don’t fancy the stuff at all.
Unfortunately (or, fortunately, in my husbands views) the stuff never lasts long. Colors get mixed together and the stuff dries out like nothing else.
My kids are good at making a mess, but cleaning their play dough up…
Buying new jars each time tends to get expensive quickly, so we make our own and this is one of our favorite recipes!
For this 3 ingredient play dough, you need:
2 cups of cornflour, or other flour available;
1 cup of conditioner;
Food coloring in various colors;
Mixing it up
Mix the flour and conditioner very well. You can start with a spatula or spoon, but you’ll have to finish kneading by hand.
That’s no punishment; this stuff is soo soft. And kids usually like getting their hands a bit dirty as well
Then, pick a color, or mix food colorings together. Add to the mix and knead. Add more if you feel the color is too light.
Optional: add plenty of glitter to the mix and knead that in.
Whenever the kids want to play with play dough, I make sure to put some placemats on the table first. In the past we even had a transparent plastic table cloth to cover the table, to limit the damage the kids did to it.
Food coloring as well as play dough can be difficult to clean up, so make sure the table is protected in some way. If you don’t have placemats, use baking paper or an old sheet.
DIY Play Dough Accessories
In the past few years we’ve received several sets of play dough, and I always make sure to wash and save the accessories. They are all stored in a plastic container, that I can easily stack and store away in the boy’s closet.
I also keep an eye out for small plastic stuff that can serve as play dough accessories, such as small plastic forks and knives, and plastic sandbox shapes.
So, before you go out to buy stuff, scour the house for small plastic toys that could be used as well.