The Best Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Toddlers spent most of their day playing that’s why I try my best as a parent to always live by the learning through play theory.

My son just turned 2 and he’s now more active, curious and fearless to try everything. He would run, crawl, jump and do many things that makes this mommy nervous. I am the lenient type pa ha. Simple scratches and bumps I can let go. But if its bleeding, then I am panicky!

That’s why sensory plays though messy is my favorite toddler activity. It’s more controlled yet open-ended and keeps him “contained” yet busy while learning leaps and bounds. Sounds great, right?

My favorite sensory play is the Play Dough. It’s not that messy yet has the same benefits as the others. It’s cheap, easy, fun and keep children occupied for a long time.

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Play Dough has a wide array of developmental, learning and sensory benefits for kids. Its the best kind of hands-on exploration. An open-ended play that use the imagination and creativity.

With the kneading, squishing, rolling and shaping involved, the fingers, hands and wrist muscles are built and strengthened perfectly developing the pincer grip needed to steadily hold pencil and scissors.

The Best Homemade Play Dough Recipe Ever!

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  • Just mix the dry ingredients first, Add in the oil and hot water then combine all until the consistency reaches that of a clay. If its too mushy add in some flour and for more malleability add in a bit more cream of tartar.
  • If you prefer white then that’s it, you’re done. But of course colors make it more fun and fuels more creativity. So, separate the dough in equal parts, do some round shaping and press the center to drop in the food coloring.

This will last for 2 weeks or more when refrigerated even after use. It’s all natural making it non-toxic perfect for your curious little taste testers.

This homemade play dough can provide hours of fun and learning. Making it is quick and easy unless you want to include your toddler then its a major clean up after.

Get your toddler busy and learning at the same time with these ideas from my related posts.

Do you like play dough too? Have you tried doing it at home? Try one now and let me know how it goes with your toddler on the comments section.

The Best Homemade Play Dough Recipe |

7 Responses

  1. Love your no cook recipe. I’ve made several batches using Kool aid for color for the preschoolers I “play with” while the mothers enjoy some adult time. It’s inexpensive, easy to make, and the kids love it. This month we had green for St. Patrick’s Day. Several adults asked for a bag (to use as a stress reliever) since we were a few days out from a major tornado event in the area.

  2. Thank you for this momNessly!

    I always wanted to make clay but those that I’ve seen using natural ingredients all go through some “cooking” process (sayang gas, hehe). So am very happy to see this one which uses hot water and no need to put on the flame. 🙂

  3. Wow this is one is really helpful. My daughter loves to play with playdough and i am tired of purchasing i. I will definitely try it thanks for sharing

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The Best Homemade Play Dough Recipe

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