Make Your Own Playdough

This could be the wrong time to suggest doing this activity since many people can’t get flour but when you can, making your own playdough at home is a superb idea for many reasons.

Firstly, it’s a great thing to make with children of all ages, getting them to measure out the different ingredients and begin experimenting with the idea of cooking and recipes. I should add, this is a no cook recipe and won’t last a very long time but as it’s quite inexpensive to make, it’s certainly worth a try. One thing to note is that due to the current CoronaVirus outbreak, I’d highly recommend that each person has their own tub or bag of playdough so that germs are not spread. It’s also still important to wash your hands before making or playing with it as well as after you’ve finished.

For younger children, playdough provides good resistance that will aid their fine and gross motor skills. Check out Shonette Bason Wood on YouTube for more. For children of all ages, it’s just fun and allows you to be creative 🙂

What you need

  • A mixing bowl
  • Flour (any type works!)
  • Oil (I used vegetable oil, I’m not sure how other types work!)
  • Food colouring
  • Warm water

How to make it… (credit to BBC Good Food for the recipe!)

  1. In a glass, mix 1tbsp of oil with 60ml of warm water.
  2. In the mixing bowl, place 8tbsp of flour. I’d say this is an estimate, I used more.
  3. Now add some food colouring to the liquid mixture, this will provide the colour for your playdough.
  4. Carefully mix together the liquid mix and the flour in the mixing bowl. Use your hands so you can mould and feel the texture. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour. You can also add more food colouring at this point if you’d like a more intense colour.
  5. Et voila! You’re done! When you play with it, it will become stickier over time so just add flour as and when you feel you need it.
  6. Store in a food bag in the fridge to keep it fresh for use 🙂

And there you have it! Simply done and ready to use! I hope this is helpful for someone!

Kat xx

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