What kids doesn’t love play dough (play-doh)?
In our house, it’s our favourite indoor activity. We have tons of tools, rollers and play dough activity sheets to keep them entertained. My kids can literally sit for hours and play with it.
Ella loves to make pretend food to that she serve everyone and Liam loves to make play dough surprise eggs. What! You’ve never heard of play dough surprise eggs?? Go check out Youtube and you’ll find about a billion videos of kids making and opening these. I really don’t get it, but kids seem to love them.
Now, I can honestly say, I love play dough too….other than the clean up (seriously, why are there so many balls all over the floor?). It’s worth it though because it gives me some free time to do things around the house or to just sit around with my feet up (let’s be honest, it’s usually the latter). Our play dough usually ends up in one gigantic ball so buying new play dough every week can get pretty expensive.
The other day it was raining at our house so we thought that it’d be fun to make our own! After searching the internet and a bit of trial and error, I think we’ve found the best ever no cook play dough recipe. We love this recipe! We actually like it way more than store bought play dough because of it’s soft texture and the fact that it lasts so much longer. This recipe makes a lot, so feel free to half it or even quarter it.
The Best No Cook Play Dough Recipe
What You’ll Need:
4 cups of flour
1 cup of table salt
4 tbsp of Cream of Tarter
4 tbsp of vegetable oil (canola works well too)
2.5- 3 cups of boiling water
Optional: 5-10 drops of your favourite essential oil (we like vanilla or citrus)
Play Dough Directions:
- Mix together flour, salt and cream of tarter in a large mixing bowl.
- Combine vegetable oil and essential oil, then add to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
- Add boiling water and stir.
- Knead dough for 3-5 minutes. Allow to cool.
- When cool, divide dough into large balls. Add your choice of food colouring to each ball and knead *
* Note: Step 5 can get get pretty messy. Lay out plastic wrap and wear gloves if you want to save your countertop and hands.
Store in large storage bags or an airtight tupperware container. Play dough can be kept for months as long as it’s stored properly.
It was so easy to make and the kids really enjoyed this activity. I laid out some plastic wrap on the counters so clean up was a breeze too. We will definitely be remaking this one!
Check out this post for some fun outdoor activities.
What are some fun indoor activities you and your kids like to do together?